Eleanor Friedberger „Rebound“
Album out now, Frenchkiss Records

 

Ein Erweckungserlebnis. So verraucht, cool, synthetisch klang sie nie Tagesspiegel

Ein wenig schlecht gelaunt und trotzig klingt ihr spröder Gesang, hintergründig catchy sind ihre Stücke, erwachsen ihre Texte: die Soloprojekte von Eleanor Friedberger taz

„My Jesus Phase“ atmet diesen Entdeckergeist in einem „Universe far from Home“; „The Letter“, „In Between Stars“ und „Make Me A Song“ – die Höhepunkte der Platte – diskutieren mit einem offenbar verflossenen Lover, der räumlich weit entfernt scheint, aber als dunkler Melancholieschatten die Urlaubssonne verdunkelt, die mit pastellfarbener Eiscremesüße durch Friedbergers Lieder wirken will. Ach, wie schön, im sonnigen Nirgendwo zu sein und sich in unschuldigere Zeiten zurückzudösen. – Spiegel Online (7.7)

Die New Yorkerin mit griechischen Vorfahren kleidet ihren Folk neu ein: in schicken, elektronischen Pop.Musikexpress

Friedbergers Melancholie ist so gar nicht Eighties, sondern subtil. „The sky is heavy on my shoulders but alright“ singt sie in „In Between Stars“. Unbeeindruckt von der Tatsache, dass es kaum etwas Schwereres gibt, was ein Mensch zu tragen haben könnte. Spex

 

Eleanor Friedberger live
präsentiert von ByteFM und Spex
06.11.2018  Hamburg, Nochtwache
07.11.2018 Berlin, Monarch
08.11.2018 Schorndorf, Manufaktur

 

 

 

Acclaimed artist Eleanor Friedberger just released new album, Rebound, on Frenchkiss Records. In contrast to her 2016 lauded album New View, which Eleanor arranged and recorded with her touring band, Rebound was recorded mostly by Eleanor alone with assistance from producer Clemens Knieper.  The resulting album is an entirely new sound for Eleanor, exchanging live instrumentation for programmed drums, a Juno synthesizer, and muted guitars, creating a sonic landscape where influences range from Stereolab and Suicide to Lena Platonos and Yellow Magic Orchestra.

In addition to a new sonic palette, Rebound takes significant inspiration from Eleanor’s time spent in Greece.  Half-Greek herself, Eleanor frequently traveled to Greece to see family, but decided in 2016 to really immerse herself in the culture.  She says:

“I spent most of 2016 on the road, and I needed to keep that momentum going. I had always wanted to spend more time in Greece; take Greek lessons and get to know Athens better while hopefully writing some music. After November 8, 2016 I set that loose plan into motion. While friends back home were suddenly becoming politically activated for the first time, it was exciting to be living in a city where protest marches occur on a weekly, or sometimes daily basis. I assembled a band of Greek musicians, played a few shows, learned a few more Greek words, but didn’t get much writing done. It turned out to be more of a reconnaissance mission.

After a month in Athens I asked my friend, the Greek musician Σtella, „What’s one thing I have to do before I leave?“ After some long and careful consideration she smiled and said, „you have to go to Rebound. It’s a time warp; kind of an 80s goth disco where everyone does the chicken dance; you’ll love it… but it’s only open on Saturdays after 3:00 AM.“ Rebound proved to be a revelation in terms of finding the sound and energy for my fourth album. The club was very dark and despite the no smoking signs, like everywhere in Athens, it was very smoky. The „chicken dance“ Stella mentioned was a solitary one. I copied the slouchy strut, moving back and forth in line, swinging my arms in time to the music that at first sounded like Joy Division or maybe The Cure, but never revealed itself– one could only assume it to be knock-off by an unknown Baltic band. It was alienating and exhilarating.”

Rebound is the incredible next step in a lauded, brilliant recording career by one of the most prolific, daring independent artists of our time.  From her days spent in The Fiery Furnaces, creating melodically off-kilter, idiosyncratic mini-epics, to her three acclaimed previous solo albums, Eleanor Friedberger continues to create exactly what we need to hear when we need to hear it.  Always anchored by her plaintive, velvety alto, and Dylan-esque lyrical treatises, Rebound is Eleanor at her very best, and a welcome addition to her rich, celebrated catalogue.

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