Take note, Fleet Foxes fans: The indie folk band will be releasing a lyrics book later this year.
Tin House will publish wade in Waist-High Water: The Lyrics of Fleet Foxes in the fall. The book features lyrics written by Robin Pecknold, the band’s songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist.
Pecknold founded Fleet Foxes in 2006 with his high school friend Skyler Skjelset. The Seattle-based band self-released an EP that year, before signing with Sub Pop shortly after. Their most recent studio album, shore, was released in 2020 by record label Anti-; a live album, A very lonely solsticecame out last year.
The lyrics book includes notes and an afterword by Pecknold, as well as an introduction from Booker Prize finalist Brandon Taylor (Real life† dirty animals†
“There’s something very moving about seeing the lyrics of these fifty-six songs collected and assembled in this way,” Taylor writes in his introduction. “You can see the evolution of the mind and heart at work behind the lyrics… It’s a thrill, realizing it’s a still evolving and growing body of work.”
Pecknold shared the news about the book on Instagram, to write“Many thanks to the wonderful @tin_house for bringing this book to life! Will be all my lyrics, plus notes on the craft and an afterword from me, and a foreword by the gracious genius @brandonlgtaylor. Thank you so much Tin House and Brandon!”
wade in Waist-high water is scheduled for publication on November 1.
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and a regular contributor to NPR.