Fleet Foxes' Robin Pecknold: "I've always started every song on guitar, but I'm comfortable to let it be a songwriting tool and remove it, if necessary"

Robin Pecknold
(Image credit: Andrew Benge/Redferns)

There are a small handful of musicians who somehow emerged from 2020 in a better place. One of them – much to his own bafflement – is Fleet Foxes’ songwriter Robin Pecknold. 

His fourth studio album, Shore, was widely regarded as one of the best of last year. Poignantly timed for September, following a few precious months of summer respite, it felt like the first ray of light after a nine month winter – finding an enduring positive in the minimizing effects of the pandemic on old anxieties. 

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is Features Editor for GuitarWorld.com. Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.