In the Cafe Bar
Pocketsize: 20:00 – 20:30
Eleanor Friedberger: 21:00 – 22:30
Eleanor Friedberger is playing a handful of intimate shows in select cities starting next week. These shows will feature new material from New View, as well as favorites from her previous, much-loved solo records, Last Summer and Personal Record.
It’s been two years since the release of Eleanor Friedberger’s sophomore solo album Personal Record, which made countless year-end lists including Rolling Stone, Consequence of Sound, Paste, Magnet, MOJO, Uncut, CMJ and more. During that time, Eleanor has kept quite busy – she live-scored unreleased Andy Warhol films alongside Bradford Cox and Dean Wareham, and sat in with the 8G Band numerous times on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Most recently, Eleanor released a new song, “False Alphabet City,” giving us a taste of what’s to come on New View.
New View signals a fresh beginning for the former Fiery Furnaces’ frontwoman. After living in Brooklyn for fourteen years, Friedberger moved to upstate New York, and the album reflects that region’s rustic charm. The songs were arranged with her backing band Icewater and recorded in Germantown, NY, live to tape, with producer Clemens Knieper in his converted barn studio. The result is an album that feels like an instant classic upon first listen, and is Eleanor Friedberger’s best record to date.
Friedberger drew inspiration for New View from many of her musical heroes – everyone from Van Morrison, Neil Young and George Harrison, to Slapp Happy, Yoko Ono and Elyse. There are ghost notes of all of those influences on New View, but mostly you hear the singular voice of Eleanor Friedberger, whose warm, inviting alto and incredible word play continue to make her one of the foremost songwriters in the indie rock world today.
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