The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - Iain Shed­den

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

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