ELEANOR FRIED­BERGER

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“New View”

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New View, the third solo al­bum by Eleanor Fried­berger, was re­hearsed in the Los An­ge­les neigh­bor­hood of Echo Park and recorded in up­state New York. The songs on New View were recorded live to tape with sim­ple in­stru­men­ta­tion: drums, bass, Wurl­itzer and 12-string acous­tic gui­tar on al­most ev­ery track, cour­tesy of the band Ice­wa­ter with Do­rian DeAn­gelo con­tribut­ing a hand­ful of well-placed gui­tar so­los. Pro­ducer Cle­mens Knieper gives the al­bum a clas­sic sound, like some­thing that’s ex­isted for­ever on a record col­lec­tor’s shelf, wedged in with Dy­lan’s New Morn­ing and John Cale’s Vin­tage Vi­o­lence. Songs like “Open Sea­son” re­call The Fiery Fur­naces at their most mag­is­te­rial. The wry, plain­spo­ken “Be­cause I Asked You” builds on the style Fried­berger first pol­ished on her solo de­but Last Sum­mer. And then there’s “A Long Walk,” the sun-striped fi­nale that lends a mem­o­rable afterglow to New View. It’s a sweet, ach­ing good­bye from an al­bum that seems full of them.

TOUR DATES: Fe­bru­ary 22 – Toronto @ The Drake Ho­tel; March 4 – Van­cou­ver @ The Cobalt

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