Seattle’s Fleet Foxes delivered their previous promise to fans by sharing the new album Shore on Monday. The release of the record coincides with the beginning of the autumnal equinox, something that the band was obviously planning for.
The group previously teased the project over the weekend, but only made the news official several hours before the launch. Shore contains 15 songs and features a number of contributing guests, including young singer Uwade Akhere, Brazilian musician and composer Tim Bernardes, violist/violinist Marta Sofia Honer, and guitarist Michael Bloch among others.
According to the frontman Robin Pecknold, the album was in the works since September 2018, and Fleet Foxes only finished the recording earlier this month. Pecknold cites Arthur Russell, Nina Simone, and Sam Cooke as artists that inspired the sound of the record.
“I see shore as a place of safety on the edge of something uncertain, staring at Whitman’s waves reciting ‘death’,” said Pecknold in the press release. “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.”
Alongside the album Shore, Fleet Foxes also released an accompanying film of the same name that was directed by Kersti Jan Werdal. The film contains landscapes of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, that “resonate with the music” on the group’s new release. You can check it out on YouTube.