Though he name-checks all sorts of important artists when talking about his influences, Pecknold does loosen up at times. He says he appreciates songs like Rihanna's "Umbrella" and Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone," and has a soft spot for the work of the Andy Samberg-fronted hip-hop pranksters the Lonely Island.
"I think that 'I'm on a Boat' song is an amazing song, regardless of comedic intent," he says. And "Motherlover," too. "That song's insane!" he says. "It's got a nice groove to it."
Nice to see Andy and the rest of The Lonely Island are appreciated by many!