Fleet Foxes released their third album, Crack-Up, last year, to good reviews. The album is the least accessible of the band’s career, and lead singer Robin Pecknold says he’s prouder of this album than anything else he’s ever done. Now the band has debuted a performance of the title track, along with the highly-acclaimed Icelandic women’s choir Graduale Nobili in a new video for Consequences of Sound. Graduale Nobili gained fame while touring alongside Björk. The stellar performance was filmed in one extended shot at the Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, one of the world’s great musical venues. It was shot in conjunction with the 2017 Iceland Airwaves music festival, which the band headlined.
The camera follows the action backstage and then captures the moments the band takes the stage with the choir. It shows an open auditorium, punctuated with Fleet Foxes hard at work, seemingly standing in the light of the gorgeous concert hall. The Crack-Up video was produced by Consequence of Sound and directed by Eilífur Örn Þrastarson. Kevin McMahon served as the creative director.
Crack-Up was Fleet Foxes’ first album for Nonesuch, after leaving Subpop. Pecknold said the new label created a better environment, with a diverse roster of artists who helped inspired the new record.
Fleet Foxes will be hitting the road in 2018, with dates at Coachella, Boston Calling and Shaky Knees as well as several headline shows. They will play the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville for the first time and they head to Europe later this summer. Fleet Foxes will be co-headliners of the 2018 Green Man festival, along with the War on Drugs. Both groups will be top billing at the Brecon Beacons festival, which takes place between August 16-19. The band is also excited to be making its first ever tour of Asia, starting this winter with a stop in Singapore.
Pecknold made headlines with his comments about the 2018 Grammy Awards. Noting that Kendrick Lamar failed to win Album of the Year, Pecknold discussed it on Instagram, saying “Aside from Kendrick / SZA / Jay Z nothing that was nominated was very good in my opinion,” he wrote, adding, “but to give it all to Toys R Us Gap Band is pretty ridic.” This was a reference to the fact that Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson had to give the Gap Band writing credits on “Uptown Funk” after the controversial Robin Thicke “Blurred Lines” decision.
Many people objected to his comments that nothing was very good, saying “To people asking me ‘what about x album,’ didn’t really listen to any mentioned tbh,” he wrote. He also said that “Every AOTY nominee was great except one and the single mediocre one won. I’m not mad I’m just… disappointed.”
Crack-Up, which was not nominated this year, is available on demand on iTunes, Amazon, and at the Nonesuch Store, which can also accommodate CD and vinyl orders that come with a download of the complete album at checkout. Streaming fans can listen to the album on Apple Music and Spotify.