Eleanor Friedberger’s ‘Stare at the Sun’ [VIDEO]
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Oh how we heart Eleanor Friedberger. She’s had us at hello since she and her brother Matthew — The Fiery Furnaces — dropped their first studio full-length, Gallowsbird’s Bark, a decade ago. Her quirky and carefree vocals are an even match for what’s she done musically throughout the years, and really, she’s in a league of her own.
While the Fiery Furnaces have been on a bit of a break, Eleanor has ventured into solo waters, first with 2011’s impeccable pop-laden collection, Last Summer. And coming June 4 on Merge is Personal Record, a dozen-song set that she and musician/novelist Wesley Stace (aka John Wesley Harding) crafted late last year. Of the forthcoming set, Eleanor said in a statement: “They’re also love songs to music: how you feel on stage when you do something spontaneous and it works, how you feel when you hear someone sing a song for the first time, what it’s like to watch a friend perform, how you can feel close to someone you barely know because you both happen to love the same record, or playing the same song forty times in a row, not being able to rest until you own every song recorded by your favorite singer, or every version of your favorite song.”
The video for “Stare at the Sun” (thanks Pitchfork) will not only warm your indie rock heart, but your head and hips will instantly bop and sway. Some of Eleanor’s very own cool dance moves and even cooler air guitar antics are on display. Plus, she and a tween pal bust out some seriously awesome sign language. And she hangs with an adorable pair of Old English Sheepdogs, for chrissakes. Another jaunty standout.
Eleanor Friedberger will be back in the New York City area on June 28 with a show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.