Published Oct 16, 2016Fleet Foxes have been absent for some time, but it seems that the folksy indie sensations will finally be returning with a new LP. What's more, frontman Robin Pecknold has a solo album in the works.
Anyone who follows Pecknold on Instagram knows that he's been recording a lot lately, as he's repeatedly posted photos from the studio, in addition to images of waveforms and his at-home recording setup. There have even been some brief snippets of new music and studio experimentation.
Today, he shared possibly the most revealing bit of information, confirming that the Fleet Foxes album is "crazy" and "vast" and that he also has a solo effort on the way. The post seems to suggest that the album is rather curiously titled Putting Babies to Sleep / Living My Truth. See the image and caption below.
So just how "vast" is this Fleet Foxes album? A couple of weeks ago, Pecknold posted a photo of a cello, and when a commenter asked what other instrumentation was included on the album, he responded:
so far… Tuned autoharp (tuning all strings to one chord or mode and played percussively), prepared electric guitar, cello, hell of stairwell re-amping, bass winds pitched down octaves, sounds of waves, sounds of trains as basis of percussion loops, goat hooves, Cale-ish harmonic screech strings, lots of sound effects in general as basis for rhythms and place-setting. That's all on the first song.
Pecknold toured as a solo act earlier this year, opening up for Joanna Newsom, and he issued a solo instrumental called "Swimming." Stay tuned for updates about both his solo release and Fleet Foxes' upcoming album. Below, check out some snippets of new music and various studio updates. Stay tuned for concrete information to emerge in due course.