Pecknold’s time as an undergraduate is writ large across Crack-Up, with allusions to ancient-Greek river nymphs, Caesar’s assassination, and Egyptian mythology, peppering the song titles and lyrics. That is to say nothing of the compositional and musical experimentation that is displayed from the outset with the verbosely titled I Am All That I Need/Arroyo Seco/Thumbprint Scar, which starts in a sparse, amelodic fashion before a string swell bursts the song’s dense shroud to ground it in Fleet Foxes’ more conventional indie-folk stylings. An unsettling guitar riff makes for a compelling listen, and the track ebbs, flows, and breaks like a wave upon a rock, in an act of great – if disconcerting – control and release.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 5th July 2017. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.