From time to time, Robin Pecknold answers questions directly addressed to him on Instagram like any other normal human would, even though he’s the leader of a very popular but (for now) inactive indie band. (He also stops by here occasionally — hey, what’s up!?) Yesterday and today, he’s been answering some questions about the status of Fleet Foxes and the new Radiohead album and a few other things, and here are all his replies in one convenient place!
As for FF, he says that his plan is “to record and tour and then go back to finish [school] after,” and that he’s working on material for both his solo endeavors and the band. He also notes that the Helplessness Blues lineup will stay intact except that Neal Morgan — who drums for Joanna Newsom and Bill Callahan, and contributed to a Pecknold solo track earlier this year — will take over on drums for Josh Tillman, who is off doing other stuff. In response to a question about Fleet Foxes’ older 2006 material, he says: “glad you like that stuff but new material is a different vibe from both that and 2008-2011 FF please trust my time-fortified discernment as I endeavor to scrub the soundfield of BS and empty sonic reference.”
He also answered some questions about the new Radiohead album, A Moon Shaped Pool. His favorite songs are “Daydreaming” and “Ful Stop,” and he has a theory about the curious punctuation of the album title:
My current theory is that there shouldn’t be a hyphen: the title is actually (and sneakily) a complete SVO sentence. Moon is the subject, Shaped the verb, and Pool is the object here. A moon has “shaped” (influenced, formed, guided by its beauty) an individual named Pool (Paul? McCartney). Perhaps Thom and Paul had a nice night drinking wine under a full moon and the experience shaped Paul and Thom wanted to honor the evening with this title. This is all conjecture but that’s where I’m at with it rn
He also gives some reading suggestions: Shusaku Endo’s Silence, John Williams’ Stoner, Robert Lowell poetry, William Finnegan’s surfing memoir Barbarian Days. And lists some of his favorite visual artists: “contemporary: Jordan Wolfson and David Altmejd; all-time: Philip Guston / Georgio de Chirico /James Ensor / Helen Frankenthaler / Milon Avery / Robert Gober / Yayoi Kusama / Velasquez / Goya.”
Reddit also recently discovered a cover of Harry Nilsson’s “Don’t Forget Me” that Pecknold recorded for his brother Sean’s short film A Study In Time Travel. Hear that below at 18m45s:
You can keep up with Pecknold on Instagram here.