It’s weird how closely the trajectories of Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver have mirrored each other. In 2008, both bands released massively influential debut albums that helped put beardy white male folk-rock at the forefront of indie-rock for a while, and both bands returned with more expansive offerings in 2011, rising to festival headliner status before disappearing off the face of the Earth. And now, just as Bon Iver is reactivating, Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold is opening for Joanna Newsom on tour and debuting new material. Now, as Reddit points out, one of those new songs has made its way to YouTube. Recorded at Doornroosje in the Dutch city of Nijmegen, it sounds like the skeleton of a fantastic Fleet Foxes track. Listen below.
UPDATE: Footage of a second new song has emerged, also via Reddit. Watch below.