Fleet Foxes aren’t on a hiatus per se, but they’ve certainly remained out of sight for quite some time now. The last we heard from the Seattle indie-folkies was their excellent sophomore album, 2011’s Helplessness Blues. Sure, it’s only been three years, but three years easily feels like a lifetime in music land. Consider this: in that time, former drummer J. Tillman has not only launched his project Father John Misty, but is already prepping his second LP.
For those of us itching to hear from the Fleet Foxes camp — we’ll take any bit of news, really — today’s our lucky day. Frontman Robin Pecknold has shared a short update via the band’s Facebook page, explaining the reasons for their radio silence (spoiler: he went back to school), as well as assuring that new music is on its way. Read the full message below:
For anyone who’s curious, this is a short Fleet Foxes update – been a while! So, after the last round of touring, I decided to go back to school. I never got an undergraduate degree, and this felt like the right time to both see what that was about and to try something new after a while in the touring / recording lifestyle. I moved to New York and enrolled at Columbia, and I’ve mostly been doing that, but I’m working on songs and excited for whatever happens next musically, even if it’s down the line. Hope all is well out there.
Revisit the good ole days with their video for Helplessness Blues single “Grown Ocean”: