Skip to main content

The Manual may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site.

Fleet Foxes Take a Successful, Proggy Turn on Their Third Album, ‘Crack-Up’

Fleet Foxes - Fool's Errand (Official Video)
Six years after their sophomore album and almost a decade on from their 2008 debut, Fleet Foxes have released their third full-length, Crack-Up, on June 16. The album finds Robin Pecknold and company exploring new sonic territory.

Many of the songs on Crack-Up take something of a progressive turn, featuring multiple movements and various digressions. Opening track “I Am All That I Need / Arroyo Seco / Thumbprint Scar,” as the name suggests moves through three different sections, beginning quietly with little more than Pecknold’s voice and gently strummed guitar before more guitar, strings, and drums abruptly jump in, mid-line. This second, livelier section, continues for most of the song before ending as suddenly as it began. A brief third section returns to the soft folk of the song’s beginning. As it begins to fade out, an experimental coda enters—a sample of a high school chorus performing the band’s breakout song “White Winter Hymnal.”

Not all of the songs on Crack-Up are as complicated as its opening track. “Kept Woman” and “Fool’s Errand” both hew closer, though not entirely, to a traditional verse-chorus-verse structure than the rest of the album. The refrain in “Kept Woman” contains the first words of the song and doesn’t repeat until the song’s end. Meanwhile, for much of its four and three-quarter minute runtime, “Fool’s Errand” feels like a classic Fleet Foxes song before closing out with an extended coda on the piano.

Both the more accessible, pop-oriented songs and the darker proggy songs are essential to Crack-Up. Taken together, they present a band expanding and experimenting with its sound without losing the core sound that makes it unique. Though Crack-Up is less immediately accessible than Fleet Foxes or Helplessness Blues, it rewards multiple listens.

Fleet Foxes’ Crack-Up is out now through Nonesuch Records and is available on Amazon, iTunes, and Nonesuch’s online shop.

Terence Praet
Terence Praet contributes to The Manual’s New Music Monday column. He studied Philosophy and History at Skidmore College…
Stranger Things is bringing on some new cast members for its final season
The details on new additions to the Stranger Things cast
The cast of Stranger Things.

The final season of Stranger Things will be upon us before we know it. The cast and crew just offered fans a major update to celebrate the news that they are halfway through principal photography on the season. While the featurette included plenty of behind the scenes tidbits about one of the best shows on Netflix, as well as moments with the cast members we know and love, the studio also announced who would be joining the cast for this upcoming season.

Nell Fisher, Jake Connelly and Alex Breaux are all set to join the cast. Their precise roles have yet to be revealed, but Nell and Jake are both younger actors, whereas Alex is an adult actor. The show has steadily added new characters to its ensemble throughout its run, including Sadie Sink, Jamie Campbell Bower, and Maya Hawke.

Read more
Target Prime Day sale: Circle Week deals are still live
Hisense U8 Series Mini-LED frame TV on wall

With many Prime Day deals happening right now, it’s easy to overlook that other major retailers are also hosting their own sales. We’ve focused on all the Target Prime Day deals going on and rounded them up below. These include some impressive Prime Day TV deals as well as discounts on appliances such as refrigerator deals. Whatever you’re looking for, it’s a smart idea to check out all the deals we’ve listed below as part of the Target Prime Day sale. In no time, you’ll be saving plenty of cash without having to search for yourself.
Best Target Prime Day TV deals

TCL 55-inch S5 4K Smart TV --
LG 55-inch QNED80T 4K Smart TV --
Samsung 55-inch Q80D QLED 4K Smart TV --
Samsung 55-inch The Frame QLED 4K Smart TV --
LG 65-inch C4 OLED evo 4K Smart TV --

Read more
This Craftsman toolset is an excellent starter kit for $71 off (230 pieces)
Crafstman Versastack mechanics toolset for Prime Day deal

When you move into a new place, home, apartment, condo, or whatever, you might not have all the tools you need to get the job done. The same is true if you're working on cars in your garage and you've never owned a set. Or, maybe you do own a set and it's aging, or you're missing some pieces. Well, listen up because Amazon is offering a fantastic Prime Day deal on the Craftsman Versastack mechanics toolset. It comes with 230 pieces total, plus a toolbox so you can organize and store everything without a cluttered mess. In the set is a low profile ratchet, 72-tooth ratchet, all-in-one mechanics pieces, including sockets and wrenches, and much more. Usually $200 big ones, the set is on sale for $129 during Prime Day, saving you $71.

Here's why you should consider grabbing the Crafstman Versastack toolset for Prime Day
Honestly, the best reason to grab this Craftsman toolset is that you need some of the tools included in the kit. There's nothing like going to grab some much-needed tools only to find out you don't have something or lost it.

Read more