Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes shares new short film for “I Am All That I Need / Arroyo Seco / Thumbprint Scar”

Fleet Foxes have shared a new short film for the opening track to last year’s “I Am All That I Need / Arroyo Seco / Thumbprint Scar.” It is directed by Robin Pecknold’s brother Sean Pecknold, and made in a partnership with WeTransfer. Watch below or at WeTransfer. Sean Pecknold explained in a press release:

For me, the song encapsulated the themes and feelings of the whole record like an overture; the darkness / lightness, the fast / slow, the tension between two competing voices and the unpredictable dynamic shifts of tempo and voice. I wanted to create a striking visual allegory that felt both intimate and lonely, grand and triumphant.

With the film I wanted to visualize the struggle within the song through the story of a fictional character trying to escape from his house and reach an ever elusive mythical place only to be brought back to the start by the pull of a mysterious red cube. At the start of the film it’s as if we have happened upon a man tired from a repetitive struggle that has been going on for weeks, months, even years. There becomes a frustrating sense of repetition as he attempts to reach these metaphorical end goals and fails time after time. It’s something I can relate to, and hopefully others can too.

Watch Fleet Foxes’ new “If You Need To, Keep Time on Me” short film

Ryan Heffington, the choreographer for the 2015 Grammy-nominated music videos, Sia’s “Chandelier” and Arcade Fire’s “We Exist,” has released a new short film that is set to Fleet Foxes’ song “If You Need To, Keep Time on Me” from Crack-Up. The film shows Heffington hosting a dinner party where it explores what seems to be a conflict with romance. Watch the Heffington directed and choreographed clip below.

In a statement, Heffington said “It was the pure honesty of the music and Robin Pecknold’s voice that originally drew me to direct/choreograph ‘If You Need To, Keep Time on Me.’” He continued, “Heartbreak being one of the most honest and visceral symptoms of love, I wanted to paint a realistic picture of humanity and share a story that so many of us have encountered. Using dance as an offering has defined my adult life and I believe in its healing power—for both the dancer and the witness. I wanted to capture this in the film, whether it is seen as surreal or organic.”

The Melodic Tree’s Weekly Playlist

1. Window – Coma Cinema

2. Veil – The Washboard Abs

3. Cassette Jam One – Ada Babar

4. Capacity – Big Thief

5. Bread – Ben Varian

6. Time On Her Side – Future Islands

7. Heart Basel – The Drums

8. Glowing Brightly – Florist

9. Losing All Sense – Grizzly Bear

10. Road Head – Japanese Breakfast

11. Never Been Wrong – Waxahatchee

12. Baybee – Jay Som

13. 123 – Girlpool

14. Star Roving – Slowdive

15. Hard to Say Goodbye – Washed Out

16. Appointments – Julien Baker

17. The Embers – Vagabon

18. Apocalypse – Cigarettes After Sex

19. Real Death – Mount Eerie

20. Kept Women – Fleet Foxes

Listen to Fleet Foxes cover Nina Simone

Robin Pecknold and Casey Wescott from Fleet Foxes were the guests on Lauren Laverne’s BBC Radio 6 Music show today. They performed “If You Need To, Keep Time on Me” from the band’s latest album Crack-Up. They also covered the song, “Do What You Gotta Do,” which was written by Jimmy Webb and performed by Nina Simone on her 1968 record ’Nuff Said! “I just love what she did to the melody,” Pecknold said. “I love her melodic phrasing.” Listen to the session here.

Watch Fleet Foxes play “Fool’s Errand” on “Colbert”

Fleet Foxes have returned to “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” as the musical guests on last night’s episode. They performed “Fool’s Errand” from Crack-Up. Watch it below. They played “Third of May” the last time they were guests on the show.

Fleet Foxes play Crack-Up songs on “CBS This Morning”

Fleet Foxes have been on the television circuit as of late to promote their new album Crack-Up. After performing on “Colbert” last night, they appeared on “CBS This Morning Saturday” earlier today. They performed from Electric Lady Studios live and they played a series of songs from the new album: “Third of May,” “If You Need To, Keep Time on Me,” and “Fool’s Errand.” Watch performances of the latter two songs below.

Fleet Foxes announce Sydney Opera House show live stream

Fleet Foxes will be performing at the iconic Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia from May 27-29th. The three shows at the venue are a part of their tour leading up to their new album, Crack-Up. The band now have announced that the final show at the concert hall will be live-streamed on the band’s Facebook page at 6 a.m. ET/3 a.m. PT. Fleet Foxes confirmed that they will be performing songs from their new album. Their current tour will go through Europe this summer, before the band returns to the United States with a show in Portland, Maine on July 27th.