Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold has shared a series of new demos, seemingly from the band’s new album.
The band released their third LP, Crack Up, in 2017 with Pecknold later commenting that the next album would be coming out “within 24 months of LP3 according to contract.”
Last night (December 31), Pecknold treated fans to a sneak peek of the new material, posting a series of audio clips to Instagram with the caption, “Forward ! (Very very demos happy new year).”
Listen to them below.
Posting on Instagram, the musician elaborated on comments he had previously made following the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. Pecknold said that some fans had viewed his earlier words as “unsympathetic toward the mentally ill or suicidal”. The singer said that he wanted to “rephrase” his views to “provide more context”. In the message, Pecknold detailed his personal experience with depression.
The post begins: “During a period a few years ago when I was dangerously and actively suicidal, my respect for my loved ones and my knowledge of the pain I would cause them was, truly and with no overstatement, the only effective thought I had at my disposal to prevent myself from acting.
“I was not saying suicide is selfish in my post. I don’t believe that. I can’t know firsthand another’s interiority, and I also have never had personal experience with a friend or loved one suffering from a truly debilitating psychological disorder. I was not speaking for all who struggle with mental health, just relaying my own lessons and conclusions following years of unwanted destructive mental activity, consistent therapy, medication, and active concerted effort towards self knowledge and education.”