Fleet Foxes have been gearing up for their return after a six year hiatus following the release of 2011’s excellent Helplessness Blues. Their new album, Crack-Up, comes after frontman Robin Pecknold took several years off making music, partially to attend Columbia University. Now that they’re back, the band has shared an extensive early single called “Third of May / Ōdaigahara” and several other trailers and teasers.
Today they’ve shared a full-fledged video for the song “Fool’s Errand,” which was directed by Robin’s brother, Sean Pecknold. The brothers have collaborated artistically before; Sean also directed videos for “Grown Ocean” and “The Shrine/An Argument” off Helplessness Blues, and the album trailer for Crack-Up. It makes sense that the band would be keeping things relatively the same for this new release, in fact,it literally picks up where the last album left off, musically.
So “Fool’s Errand” feels familiar too, and includes gorgeous shots of sweeping cliffs, crashing waves, some brightly-clothed dancers, and the apparent struggle of one specific woman, who expresses whatever rage and emotion she may be grappling with through dance, only to have a wolf appear at the end of the clip and replace her. If you like complicated folk music and surreal imagery, you will definitely like it. Watch above.
Crack-Up is out 6/16 via Nonesuch Records. Pre-order it here.