Fleet Foxes is back from a forest (probably) and as good as you remember


Fleet Foxes is back from a forest (probably) and as good as you remember

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Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes at ACL Live on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2017. (Robert Hein/For the American-Statesman)

Fleet Foxes are back after a six-year hiatus, and hearing them play ACL Live at the Moody Theater on Thursday, you’d think you’re back, too. 

Back in your high school bedroom, that is, dreaming about forests or an orchard or some sort of natural tree-filled landscape where the band’s massive orchestral harmonies make the most sense.

Fleet Foxes, Austin, 2017 // 📸: @firstthreesongs

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Fleet Foxes was worth the wait (Jared got his pick!)

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You wasted your worry if you thought Thursday’s setlist would serve as a live introduction to the band’s recently released third album, “Crack-Up.” Fleet Foxes played the hits. (They also played a show at ACL Live on Wednesday night.)

While there were a few new songs in the mix, the majority of what bandleader Robin Pecknold crooned were the old, poetic, folksy, literary lyrics of songs like “White Winter Hymnal,” “Your Protector” and “Helplessness Blues.” 

Not much has changed, and a roaring, full crowd welcomed the familiar and the still-definitely-bearded Fleet Foxes as though it was 2009. 

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