Photo by Emily Johnston
Fleet Foxes surprise new album Shore has just been released this morning via ANTI- Records timed to the moment of the autumnal equinox.
The album’s release is accompanied by a 55-minute Super 16mm companion art film, directed by Kersti Jan Werdal that is available to watch below, where you can also find the album art and tracklisting.
Shore was recorded before and during quarantine in Hudson, New York, Paris, Los Angeles, Long Island City, and New York City from September 2018 until September 2020 with the help of recording and production engineer Beatriz Artola. The 15-song, 55-minute album was initially inspired by frontman Robin Pecknold’s musical heroes such as Arthur Russell, Nina Simone, Sam Cooke, Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guebrou and more who, in his experience, celebrated life in the face of death.
Find a full artist statement from Pecknold below, along with the stream of the companion film and the album artwork/tracklist.
Since the unexpected success of the first Fleet Foxes album over a decade ago, I have spent more time than I’m happy to admit in a state of constant worry and anxiety. Worried about what I should make, how it will be received, worried about the moves of other artists, my place amongst them, worried about my singing voice and mental health on long tours. I’ve never let myself enjoy this process as much as I could, or as much as I should. I’ve been so lucky in so many ways in my life, so lucky to be born with the seeds of the talents I have cultivated and lucky to have had so many unreal experiences. Maybe with luck can come guilt sometimes. I know I’ve welcomed hardship wherever I could find it, real or imagined, as a way of subconsciously tempering all this unreal luck I’ve had. By February 2020, I was again consumed with worry and anxiety over this album and how I would finish it. But since March, with a pandemic spiraling out of control, living in a failed state, watching and participating in a rash of protests and marches against systemic injustice, most of my anxiety around the album disappeared. It just came to seem so small in comparison to what we were all experiencing together. In its place came a gratitude, a joy at having the time and resources to devote to making sound, and a different perspective on how important or not this music was in the grand scheme of things. Music is both the most inessential and the most essential thing. We don’t need music to live, but I couldn’t imagine life without it. It became a great gift to no longer carry any worry or anxiety around the album, in light of everything that is going on. A tour may not happen for a year, music careers may not be what they once were. So it may be, but music remains essential. This reframing was another stroke of unexpected luck I have been the undeserving recipient of. I was able to take the wheel completely and see the album through much better than I had imagined it, with help from so many incredible collaborators, safe and lucky in a new frame of mind.
- Fleet Foxes – Shore traclist:
1. Wading In Waist-High Water
3. Can I Believe You
6. A Long Way Past The Past
7. For A Week Or Two
9. Young Man’s Game
10. I’m Not My Season
11. Quite Air / Gioia
12. Going-To-The-Sun Road
14. Cradling Mother, Cradling Woman