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Fleet Foxes

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One of the most prominent bands to emerge during the late-2000s indie folk boom, Seattle's Fleet Foxes fuse earthy, harmony-rich folk-rock with a sense of lush pop sophistication calling to mind the late-'60s work of acts like the Beach Boys, the Zombies, and Fairport Convention. Both their self-titled debut and 2011 follow-up, Helplessness Blues, were produced by Phil Ek and released by Sub Pop; the former was greeted by critical acclaim, and the latter earned a Grammy nomination. Following a six-year gap and a switch to Nonesuch, Fleet Foxes returned with the expansive Crack-Up in 2017. In September 2020, with almost no warning, the band issued their fourth album, Shore, along with a short film.

Formed in 2006 by longtime friends Robin Pecknold (lead vocals/guitar) and Skyler Skjelset (guitar, mandolin, vocals), the band's primary lineup grew to include Casey Wescott (keyboards, mandolin, vocals), Christian Wargo (bass, guitar, vocals), and Nicholas Peterson (drums, vocals). Mixing Baroque pop with elements of classic rock and British folk, the band quickly generated a healthy amount of label interest and caught the attention of local producer Phil Ek, who had previously helmed records by Built to Spill and the Shins. Signing with Sub Pop in early 2008, Fleet Foxes issued the Ek-produced Sun Giant EP, followed a few months later by their self-titled debut album. A critical success at home in the U.S., Fleet Foxes fared even better in Europe and the U.K., where the album went platinum and landed atop numerous year-end best-of lists. Shortly after the album's release, Peterson was replaced on drums by singer/songwriter Josh Tillman who would remain with the band for the next four years until reinventing himself as Father John Misty in 2012.

With Ek returning as producer, the band began recording sessions for their follow-up LP, seeking a more cohesive, live feel. The resulting album, 2011's Helplessness Blues, expanded on Fleet Foxes' lush sound and was again widely praised by critics, going gold in the U.K. and earning them a Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album back in the U.S. Following several major tours and the departure of Tillman on drums, the group entered a hiatus made effective by Pecknold's 2014 relocation to New York City, where he enrolled to pursue a degree at Columbia University. Things remained quiet until mid-2016, when it was revealed that the band had returned to the recording studio. In early 2017, it was announced Fleet Foxes had signed with Nonesuch to release their third album, Crack-Up, named after an essay by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Ambitious in scope and bearing a more progressive sound than their earlier work, Crack-Up was released in June 2017.

The following year, the group celebrated the tenth anniversary of their debut album with the release of First Collection 2006-2009, which brought together their first album, early EPs, B-sides, and a selection of rarities. Released with only a single day's warning, Fleet Foxes' fourth album, the Grammy-nominated Shore, appeared on September 22, 2020 -- at 13:31 coordinated time, to be exact -- to coincide with the autumnal equinox. It was accompanied by a 55-minute short film shot and directed on 16mm film by Kersti Jan Werdal. Three months later, on the winter solstice, at the church of St. Ann & the Holy Trinity in Brooklyn, New York, the band's Robin Pecknold performed a livestream, playing a selection from the band's catalog on solo acoustic, plus a cover of the Bee Gees' "In the Morning." He was accompanied on one track by a choir, the Resistance Revival Chorus. The set was recorded and released about a year later as the live album A Very Lonely Solstice. ~ Timothy Monger, Rovi

Total plays

1.5 billion
Updated on 2024-06-22

Country

United States

Social media links

Monthly listeners

3,736,180

Followers

1,357,348

Top Cities

  1. United Kingdom
    53,324 listeners
  2. Australia
    59,951 listeners
  3. United States
    58,777 listeners
  4. Australia
    52,064 listeners
  5. United States
    57,338 listeners

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Most popular tracks

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Mykonos
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White Winter Hymnal
White Winter Hymnal
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If You Need To, Keep Time on Me
If You Need To, Keep Time on Me
93,229,862 3:31 2017-06-16
Blue Ridge Mountains
Blue Ridge Mountains
77,248,508 4:26 2008-06-03
Ragged Wood
Ragged Wood
59,884,710 5:07 2008-06-03
Helplessness Blues
Helplessness Blues
54,727,312 5:03 2011-04-04
Can I Believe You
Can I Believe You
46,692,846 4:04 2020-09-22
Love/Hate Letter To Alcohol (with Fleet Foxes)
Love/Hate Letter To Alcohol (with Fleet Foxes)
45,795,585 3:04 2022-06-03
Montezuma
Montezuma
38,853,541 3:37 2011-05-03
Tiger Mountain Peasant Song
Tiger Mountain Peasant Song
35,426,283 3:29 2008-06-03
Wading In Waist-High Water
Wading In Waist-High Water
23,370,593 2:15 2020-09-22
Phoenix (feat. Fleet Foxes & Anaïs Mitchell)
Phoenix (feat. Fleet Foxes & Anaïs Mitchell)
23,108,873 4:16 2021-08-27
Your Protector
Your Protector
23,090,107 4:10 2008-06-03
He Doesn't Know Why
He Doesn't Know Why
21,946,624 3:20 2008-06-03
Sunblind
Sunblind
21,385,662 4:14 2020-09-22
The Cascades
The Cascades
20,008,859 2:08 2011-05-03
Sun It Rises
Sun It Rises
19,810,171 3:11 2008-06-03
Blue Spotted Tail
Blue Spotted Tail
18,910,516 3:05 2011-05-03
Oliver James
Oliver James
17,694,271 3:24 2008-06-03
Bedouin Dress
Bedouin Dress
17,647,562 4:30 2011-05-03
Fool's Errand
Fool's Errand
15,545,556 4:48 2017-06-16
Battery Kinzie
Battery Kinzie
15,401,317 2:49 2011-05-03
Quiet Houses
Quiet Houses
15,358,579 3:32 2008-06-03
The Shrine / An Argument
The Shrine / An Argument
13,966,272 8:07 2011-05-03
Lorelai
Lorelai
13,922,167 4:25 2011-05-03
Meadowlarks
Meadowlarks
13,792,956 3:12 2008-06-03
Featherweight
Featherweight
13,710,482 3:51 2020-09-22
Third of May / Ōdaigahara - Edit
Third of May / Ōdaigahara - Edit
13,223,420 4:03 2017-03-10
Sim Sala Bim
Sim Sala Bim
12,017,927 3:14 2011-05-03
Heard Them Stirring
Heard Them Stirring
11,452,503 3:02 2008-06-03
Third of May / Ōdaigahara
Third of May / Ōdaigahara
11,043,864 8:45 2017-06-16
Grown Ocean
Grown Ocean
10,977,931 4:36 2011-05-03
Someone You'd Admire
Someone You'd Admire
10,825,606 2:29 2011-05-03
The Plains / Bitter Dancer
The Plains / Bitter Dancer
9,046,836 5:54 2011-05-03
On Another Ocean (January / June)
On Another Ocean (January / June)
8,941,485 4:23 2017-06-16
I Am All That I Need / Arroyo Seco / Thumbprint Scar
I Am All That I Need / Arroyo Seco / Thumbprint Scar
8,825,346 6:25 2017-06-16
English House
English House
8,096,431 4:41 2008-02-28
Drops In The River
Drops In The River
7,808,157 4:13 2008-02-28
Drops in the River
Drops in the River
7,808,157 4:13 2008-04-08
- Naiads, Cassadies
- Naiads, Cassadies
7,764,706 3:11 2017-06-16
Jara
Jara
7,711,136 4:09 2020-09-22
Wading In Waist-High Water - Solstice Version
Wading In Waist-High Water - Solstice Version
7,596,451 2:10 2021-12-10
Sun Giant
Sun Giant
7,588,705 2:14 2008-02-28
A Long Way Past The Past
A Long Way Past The Past
7,516,248 3:60 2020-09-22
Kept Woman
Kept Woman
6,607,102 3:55 2017-06-16
Maestranza
Maestranza
6,530,206 3:03 2020-09-22
Innocent Son
Innocent Son
5,944,756 3:07 2008-02-28
I'm Not My Season
I'm Not My Season
5,913,535 3:11 2020-09-22
Cassius, -
Cassius, -
5,759,679 4:50 2017-06-16
For A Week Or Two
For A Week Or Two
5,349,515 2:12 2020-09-22
Young Man's Game
Young Man's Game
5,337,397 3:12 2020-09-22
Mearcstapa
Mearcstapa
5,192,556 4:10 2017-06-16
I'm Not My Season - Solstice Version
I'm Not My Season - Solstice Version
4,552,235 3:10 2021-12-10
Going-to-the-Sun Road
Going-to-the-Sun Road
4,461,420 3:59 2020-09-22
Mykonos (feat. Fleet Foxes)
Mykonos (feat. Fleet Foxes)
4,289,493 4:34 2012-11-19
Quiet Air / Gioia
Quiet Air / Gioia
4,266,951 4:28 2020-09-22
Shore
Shore
3,873,946 4:20 2020-09-22
In The Morning - Solstice Version
In The Morning - Solstice Version
3,732,344 2:12 2021-12-10
Isles
Isles
3,713,009 3:05 2008-07-21
Thymia
Thymia
3,702,680 2:23 2020-09-22
Crack-Up
Crack-Up
3,600,348 6:24 2017-06-16
I Should See Memphis
I Should See Memphis
3,547,480 4:44 2017-06-16
Cradling Mother, Cradling Woman
Cradling Mother, Cradling Woman
3,537,739 5:10 2020-09-22
Icicle Tusk
Icicle Tusk
2,606,445 4:38 2018-10-25
Silver Dagger
Silver Dagger
2,547,057 3:19 2018-11-09
She Got Dressed
She Got Dressed
2,390,631 3:30 2018-11-09
False Knight on the Road
False Knight on the Road
2,156,424 3:46 2009-05-05
In The Morning - Live in Switzerland
In The Morning - Live in Switzerland
1,901,709 4:02 2018-05-04
Ragged Wood - Transition Basement Sketch
Ragged Wood - Transition Basement Sketch
1,818,631 1:48 2018-11-09
Silver Dagger - Solstice Version
Silver Dagger - Solstice Version
1,729,664 3:42 2021-12-10
I Shall Be Released (with Fleet Foxes) - Live
I Shall Be Released (with Fleet Foxes) - Live
1,701,740 3:33 2014-11-17
A Sky Like I've Never Seen (From the Amazon Original Movie "Wildcat")
A Sky Like I've Never Seen (From the Amazon Original Movie "Wildcat")
1,541,964 3:41 2022-11-09
In the Hot Hot Rays
In the Hot Hot Rays
1,505,104 3:06 2018-11-09
Sunblind - Solstice Version
Sunblind - Solstice Version
1,452,529 4:25 2021-12-10
Textbook Love
Textbook Love
1,424,336 3:26 2018-11-09
Sunblind - Acoustic Version
Sunblind - Acoustic Version
1,415,867 4:13 2021-03-19
Tiger Mountain Peasant Song - Solstice Version
Tiger Mountain Peasant Song - Solstice Version
1,169,917 3:54 2021-12-10
Helplessness Blues - Solstice Version
Helplessness Blues - Solstice Version
1,075,659 5:03 2021-12-10
Maestranza - Solstice Version
Maestranza - Solstice Version
1,063,211 2:55 2021-12-10
Featherweight - Solstice Version
Featherweight - Solstice Version
1,029,375 3:48 2021-12-10
Can I Believe You - Solstice Version
Can I Believe You - Solstice Version
915,128 3:60 2021-12-10
On Another Ocean (January / June) - Edit
On Another Ocean (January / June) - Edit
853,299 2:56 2017-09-29
Blue Spotted Tail - Solstice Version
Blue Spotted Tail - Solstice Version
852,172 3:09 2021-12-10
Featherweight - Acoustic Version
Featherweight - Acoustic Version
834,969 3:41 2021-03-19
Anyone Who's Anyone
Anyone Who's Anyone
814,970 3:49 2018-11-09
Let Me Know When (feat. Fleet Foxes)
Let Me Know When (feat. Fleet Foxes)
802,084 2:55 2022-10-21
So Long to the Headstrong
So Long to the Headstrong
761,788 4:19 2018-11-09
White Lace Regretfully
White Lace Regretfully
726,276 2:32 2018-11-09
A Long Way Past The Past - Solstice Version
A Long Way Past The Past - Solstice Version
716,548 3:44 2021-12-10
If You Need To, Keep Time on Me - Solstice Version
If You Need To, Keep Time on Me - Solstice Version
679,215 2:56 2021-12-10
Going-to-the-Sun Road - Acoustic Version
Going-to-the-Sun Road - Acoustic Version
653,801 3:33 2021-03-19
Crack-Up - Choral Version
Crack-Up - Choral Version
646,390 5:27 2018-05-04
He Doesn't Know Why - Basement Demo
He Doesn't Know Why - Basement Demo
584,257 3:15 2018-11-09
English House - Basement Demo
English House - Basement Demo
501,829 4:00 2018-11-09
Blue Ridge Mountains
Blue Ridge Mountains
429,489 4:39 2011-10-21
Hot Air - Basement Sketch
Hot Air - Basement Sketch
420,320 0:50 2018-11-09
The Shame
The Shame
250,931 2:56 2023-10-06
Third of May / Ōdaigahara (Live)
Third of May / Ōdaigahara (Live)
28,273 7:10 2018-03-16
Fool's Errand - Live
Fool's Errand - Live
< 1000 3:22 2021-02-10

New releases

A Sky Like I've Never Seen (From the Amazon Original Movie "Wildcat")
A Sky Like I've Never Seen (From the Amazon Original Movie "Wildcat")
2022-11-09
[Amazon Content Services LLC]
A Very Lonely Solstice
A Very Lonely Solstice
2021-12-10
[Anti/Epitaph]
Shore
Shore
2021-03-19
[Anti/Epitaph]
Shore
Shore
2020-09-22
[Anti/Epitaph]
First Collection 2006-2009
First Collection 2006-2009
2018-11-09
[Sub Pop Records]
First Collection: 2006-2009
First Collection: 2006-2009
2018-11-09
[Nonesuch]
Icicle Tusk
Icicle Tusk
2018-10-25
[Nonesuch]
Crack-Up (Choral Version) / In the Morning (Live in Switzerland)
Crack-Up (Choral Version) / In the Morning (Live in Switzerland)
2018-05-04
[Nonesuch]
On Another Ocean (January / June) [Edit]
On Another Ocean (January / June) [Edit]
2017-09-29
[Nonesuch]
Crack-Up
Crack-Up
2017-06-16
[Nonesuch]
Third of May / Ōdaigahara (Edit)
Third of May / Ōdaigahara (Edit)
2017-03-10
[Nonesuch]
Helplessness Blues
Helplessness Blues
2011-05-03
[Sub Pop Records]
Helplessness Blues
Helplessness Blues
2011-05-03
[Nonesuch]
Mykonos
Mykonos
2009-05-05
[Nonesuch]
Isles
Isles
2008-07-21
[Nonesuch]
Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes
2008-06-09
[Nonesuch]
Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes
2008-06-03
[Sub Pop Records]
Sun Giant
Sun Giant
2008-04-08
[Nonesuch]
Sun Giant
Sun Giant
2008-02-28
[Sub Pop Records]