Earlier today (April 1), Noah and the Whale announced they are splitting up to pursue solo endeavors:

Dear Friends
Noah and the Whale have decided to call it a day.
We have had an incredible eight years together and are immensely grateful to everyone who has helped us along the way.
There are too many people to mention in this short message but we would like to take this opportunity to give special thanks to all of our amazing fans, who have supported us so magnificently over the years and made everything possible.
Love,
NATW

The post included links to each of the English five-piece’s individual websites. Bassist Matt Owens’ site mentions an upcoming debut solo album, Songs for an Empty Room, and shares a song called “Right Back Home” (listen below). Guitarist Fred Abbott revealed he has recorded his own solo effort over the past year, which is dubbed Serious Poke.

Frontman Charlie Fink shared his own message to fans, also promising new solo material in the near future:

As you may have seen on the Noah and the Whale page, we have decided to call it a day.It’s been an amazing 8 years....

Posted by Charlie Fink on Wednesday, April 1, 2015

 

Noah and the Whale released their debut, Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down, back in 2008, joining a burgeoning English folk scene alongside Laura Marling and Mumford and Sons. They followed up with their 2009 sophomore effort, The First Days of Spring, with Last Night on Earth arriving in 2011 and their most recent LP, Heart of Nowhere, in 2013.

So far, it appears the April Fool’s Day timing of the announcement is genuinely just a coincidence.