New Fleet Foxes music has a ‘different vibe’, says Robin Pecknold

Band's last album 'Helplessness Blues' was released in 2011

Fleet Foxes singer Robin Pecknold has confirmed that the band are working on new music.

Pecknold has taken a break from music over the past few years, returning to his studies at university. Fleet Foxes’ last album ‘Helplessness Blues’ was released in 2011 but guitarist Christian Wargo recently stated that the band will “definitely” return.

Now Pecknold has been updating fans on the progress of new Fleet Foxes music in a series of Instagram comments.


As Pitchfork reports, Pecknold revealed in the social media posts that “my plan is to record and tour and then go back to finish after so not soon”. He also said that new music would come next year.

Asked if the new music was solo work or new Fleet Foxes material, Pecknold responded: “FF + etc.”

He also said that the new songs have a “different vibe from both [the early material] and 2008-2011 FF.” He continued: “Please trust my time-fortified discernment as I endeavor to scrub the soundfield of BS and empty sonic reference.”

Pecknold recently debuted a new solo track while opening for Joanna Newsom on tour.

He later unveiled a psychedelic new solo track called ‘Swimming’.

In December, Pecknold released a solo cover of ‘Out of Sight, Out of Mind’ by The Five Keys.


Writing in a statement to fans in 2014, Pecknold accounted for his band’s lack of activity since 2011’s ‘Helplessness Blues’.

Pecknold wrote: “For anyone who’s curious, this is a short Fleet Foxes update – been a while! So, after the last round of touring, I decided to go back to school. I never got an undergraduate degree, and this felt like the right time to both see what that was about and to try something new after a while in the touring / recording lifestyle. I moved to New York and enrolled at Columbia, and I’ve mostly been doing that, but I’m working on songs and excited for whatever happens next musically, even if it’s down the line. Hope all is well out there.”