After a six year hiatus, Fleet Foxes are back with their new album Crack-Up. The Seattle rock outfit is in full-swing, performing tracks from the new LP on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert this past Friday, and now, CBS This Morning. They stopped by Electric Lady Studios in New York to play a trio of new tunes: “Third of May,” “Fool’s Errand,” and “If You Need To, Keep Time on Me.” The Saturday Sessions’ performance is full of gorgeous, vocal-forward folk rock.
“If You Need To, Keep Time on Me” features a striped-down instrumentation — with nothing but doleful acoustic guitar chords and complimentary piano decorations. Robin Pecknold’s silky voice strains with fervent emotion through a wide range of reverb and delay. While there is no stadium-sized audience to bring audible live energy to the performance, Pecknold’s impassioned delivery is poignant and compelling.
“Fool’s Errand” features the full band performing in more standard Fleet Foxes fashion. Shaking percussion, strumming guitars, and echoing vocal harmonies create a blend of buttery folk and upbeat rock.
You can also watch their performance of “Third of May” here. The group’s introduction on CBS was led off with a roundup of dazzling reviews of Crack-Up. Despite being away for several years, Fleet Foxes’ still land at the top of many critic’s lists for their warm and harmonious songwriting. The new album follows up 2011’s Helplessness Blues. It features some of the band’s strongest songwriting to date, and is sure to be a strong addition to the group’s critically-acclaimed catalogue.
The band just finished up a brief tour in Australia. Next month, they will do a stint of shows in Europe before heading back to the U.S. for an expansive summer tour, then they will round out the year back in Europe this fall. You can check out a full list of their upcoming tour and details for purchasing tickets here.