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Fleet Foxes announce new album, Crack-Up

The indie-folk group’s first album in six years

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Shawn Brackbill

Indie-folk luminaries Fleet Foxes announced their third studio album on Tuesday. Crack-Up arrives on June 16 and follows 2011’s Helplessness Blues.

The band also shared the sprawling, nine-minute track “Third of May / Ōdaigahara.” The song’s title likely references Helplessness Blues, which was released on May 3, 2011.

On top of the new music, Fleet Foxes announced a North American tour — their first since October 2011. The trek begins July 27 in Portland, Maine, and concludes Sept. 27 in Morrison, Colorado.

After disengaging from the musical sphere and returning to college, Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold — who wrote all 11 of Crack-Up‘s tunes — has long teased his return. But whether that return would take the shape of Fleet Foxes remained uncertain: Pecknold opened for Joanna Newsom in 2016 under his own name and alluded to a possible solo album. According to a press release, the Crack-Up sessions took place at multiple locations between July 2016 and January 2017.

The indie-folk world has changed drastically since the release of Helplessness Blues — including in one aspect central to the Fleet Foxes world. Josh Tillman, who handled percussion on that album, subsequently adopted the moniker Father John Misty and released two albums, 2012’s Fear Fun and 2015’s I Love You, Honeybear. His third album, Pure Comedy, drops April 7.

Hear “Third of May / Ōdaigahara” below.