Time has only done Fleet Foxes good.
The Robin Pecknold-led indie folk band sounded as good as ever as they played a sold-out show Tuesday night, part of BRIC’s Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival at the Prospect Park Bandshell.
Fleet Foxes performed most of the songs off their latest album, “Crack-Up,” released in May about six years after their hit “Helplessness Blues,” in a set that spanned one hour and 45 minutes and their entire discography.
As Pecknold told the Daily News, he attended Columbia University during his time away from music, and the excitement he felt playing to a crowd in his adopted hometown, in a park he said he frequents, was clear as day.
“This song takes place in Central Park,” Pecknold told the crowd before launching into a new one, “Cassius.”
Pecknold’s voice is soul-piercing. The poetic lyrics he sung projected as if they were bouncing off the hallowed walls of a baroque church.
The singer assembled a group of musicians that really helped his songs — old and new — shine. The band’s core members were supported by The Westerlies, a four-piece brass section, who added to the intense heft of the “Crack-Up” songs. This writer also stood in awe of multi-instrumentalist Morgan Henderson, who rotated between percussion, flute, several horns and upright bass throughout the set.
Highlights off the new album were the opener “I Am All That I Need / Arroyo Seco / Thumbprint Scar,” “Third of May” and the second encore song “Crack-Up.”
The band kept longtime fans in mind with a sampling of songs off their earliest records, like “Ragged Wood,” “He Doesn’t Know Why,” “Mykonos” and “White Winter Hymnal.”
While the horde of musicians onstage made the show special, Pecknold was just as captivating when he came out to perform “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song,” and “If You Need To, Keep Time on Me” solo, just him and an acoustic guitar. The audience was treated to one more stripped-down song with “Oliver James,” the first encore song.
Because of the time elapsed, it could be easy for some to forget just how good Fleet Foxes are and why their music has endured. Tuesday night’s show showcased the immense talent of everyone involved in the group for a truly engaging live experience.
Fleet Foxes will be back Wednesday night for a second enchanting Prospect Park show. Tickets are still available here.