It has been a long time coming, but great to see that American folk/pop practitioners Fleet Foxes have chosen Australia to make their stage return after a five-year absence. The band, which came to prominence after the release of its self-titled debut album in 2008, has been very quiet after touring on the back of second album Helplessness Blues (2011), but announced this week that it has chosen Sydney’s Vivid Festival in May not only to make its comeback but also to perform material for the first time from a new album, tentatively titled The Crack Up, which derives from an F. Scott Fitzgerald essay of that name. No date has been given for the album’s release.
“We are unbelievably excited to perform songs from our new album,” announced singer and chief songwriter Robin Pecknold, “and to revisit songs from across our catalogue at the Sydney Opera House in May.” The four shows will be staged from May 26 to 29. A ballot for tickets closes at midnight tomorrow. Pecknold, who used some of his downtime since the last record to study at Columbia University’s school of general studies in New York, continued in grandiose fashion: “In this time, when all action towards unity is vital, our means of engendering union is through music, collective communal performance, on any stage that will have us, and there is no better stage in the world than the Opera House. We really hope to see you there.”
Fleet Foxes are Sydney-bound