Preview: Fleet Foxes @ The Crystal Ballroom

Fleet Foxes are returning to Portland in support of their first album in six years, ‘Crack-Up’.

When Robin Pecknold went off to College to study at Colombia College in New York City the Fleet Foxes went on hiatus.  During this hiatus their fans saw the rise of drummer Josh Tillman, known otherwise as Father John Misty, and also his departure from the band.

The Title of the new record, ‘Crack-Up’, is named after a F. Scott Fitzgerald essay, with one of the main and lasting quotes being “the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function”.  This title and quote may allude to duality within the self or in the world’s turbulent time, a resolution to the political divides accosting so many countries.  In an interview with Pitchfork Pecknold revealed that, “lyrically lot of the album deals with perception, and the difference between how I have seen the world and how it actually is, in terms of people or situations or self-assessment, or any other permutation of the problem. As I get older I try and take people as they are and project less onto them, either good or bad, not make damsels or heroes or villains out of people who are just individuals doing their best with the hand they’ve been dealt.”

Musically, the songs were all crafted and written by Robin Pecknold.  On ‘Crack-Up’  Pecknold also helps co-produce along with Skyler Skjelset.  ‘Third of May/Ōdaigahara’, a new song that has been released from Fleet Foxes upcoming album is beautifully constructed with gorgeous chord progression and rhythms combined with vocal melodies that rise and fall throughout the 9 minuet song.  If the rest of the album has been constructed in this fashion, it’s safe to say the wait for a new album was perfectly worth it.

This Thursday Fleet Foxes will serenade Portland, Or with their introspective Americana/folk when they perform at the Crystal ballroom for a sold out show. Below you can listen to the ‘Third Of May/ Ōdaigahara’ along with Fleet Foxes 2017 tour dates.

Check out ‘Third Of May’ right here: 

Fleet Foxes 2017 Tour Dates:

05/26 – Sydney, AU @ Sydney Opera House Concert Hall (Vivid Life Festival)
05/27 – Sydney, AU @ Sydney Opera House Concert Hall (Vivid Life Festival)
05/28 – Sydney, AU @ Sydney Opera House Concert Hall (Vivid Life Festival)
05/29 – Sydney, AU @ Sydney Opera House Concert Hall (Vivid Life Festival)
06/29-07/02 – Vilanova i la Geltrú, ES @ Vida Festival
07/03 – Ferrara, IT @ Bands Apart
07/06-08 – Bilbao, ES @ Bilbao BBK Fest
07/13 – Dublin, IE @ Iveagh Gardens
07/14 – Dublin, IE @ Iveagh Gardens
07/16 – Southwold, UK @ Latitude Festival
07/27 – Portland, ME @ Thompson’s Point
07/28 – Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival
07/29 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion $
07/31 – Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center $
08/01 – Brooklyn, NY @ BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival
08/04 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
08/06 – Detroit, MI @ The Masonic
09/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl ^
09/27 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre ^

$ = w/ Animal Collective
^ = w/ Beach House

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