Fleet Foxes have released their surprise new album Shore, their first new record in three years and it might well be one of their best.
The album was shared at 2.31pm BST on September 22nd to coincide with the beginning of the autumnal equinox. Fleet Foxes only began to tease the new record around Paris at the weekend and Shore follows the band’s 2017 album Crack-Up. The group began the recording process which took them between New York, Paris, Hudson, Los Angeles and Long Island City started back in September 2018 and only finished earlier this month.
The album arrives complete with an accompanying film of the same name. It was shot in Washington, Oregon and Idaho on 16mm film by Kersti Jan Werdal. “I listened to the album while driving, and observationally shot landscapes that I felt resonated with the music, yet also stood on their own,” Werdal explained.
“The film is intended to co-exist and engage with the album, rather than be in a direct and symbiotic relationship with it. The urban and narrative scenes interact with the more surreal landscapes, rather than sit in opposition of one another. My hope is that the film, much like the album does, reflects optimism and strength,” the filmmaker added.
“I see shore as a place of safety on the edge of something uncertain, staring at Whitman’s waves reciting ‘death’,” frontman Robin Pecknold said of the new Fleet Foxes record.
“Tempted by the adventure of the unknown at the same time you are relishing the comfort of the stable ground beneath you. This was the mindset I found, the fuel I found, for making this album,” the singer added.
Listen to the record and check out the film, below.