Robin Pecknold has been teasing the new Fleet Foxes album on social media for months now. Back in October he said, on Instagram, that the new album was “crazy/vast.”
Then in November he said, in a comment on Facebook, that the album was “alllllmost done.”
In December, the Fleet Foxes frontman teased a potential album title—Ylajali (“ill-a-ya-lee”)—and a dramatic, potential album cover—this stunning Hiroshi Hamaya photo—again, on Instagram. Then he revealed that the album is 11 tracks and “55ish” minutes of “folk-soul songs,” also on Instagram.
January almost went by without an update from Pecknold, but on the last day of the month, he announced that Fleet Foxes would play at Piazza Castello in Turin on July 3. This follows a string of European dates for the band this summer, including a pair of Spanish festivals Vida Festival, Bilbao BBK Live, and Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens. More importantly, in an Instagram comment, he promised “songs soon!”
Now it’s the first of February and they’ve got even more news for us: Fleet Foxes will play their first US show in 6 years at the Newport Folk Festival on July 28. A few hours after announcing the Newport headlining gig, Pecknold shared a video of the new material being mastered. “Songs soon,” indeed!