Crack-Up, with a three-part track, “I Am All That I Need/Arroyo Seco/Thumbprint Scar,” which literally takes off and continues from the final notes of the last song on their previous album, Helplessness Blues. Singer-guitarist Robin Pecknold clearly has a lot of ambitious things on his mind after such a long absence. Crack-Up is centered around another epic combo track, the eight-minute-plus odyssey “Third of May/Odaigahara,” which roams from a folkie breeziness and an indie-rock expansiveness before it subsides into a gently lulling pool of echoes. Baltimore duo Beach House exude an even dreamier form of pop that’s distinguished by Victoria Legrand’s languidly majestic vocals and Alex Scally’s gauzy soundscapes.
With a hush of solemn voices that soon give way to a stirring thrum of acoustic guitars, Fleet Foxes open their first full-length record in six years,