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New View

One of the few pos­i­tives of the un­timely demise (or hia­tus) of the Fiery Fur­naces has been the emer­gence of Eleanor Fried­berger as a gifted solo artist. Her two pre­vi­ous solo of­fer­ings — 2011’s Last Sum­mer and 2013’s Per­sonal Record — made a strong case for Eleanor as the go-to Fried­berger sib­ling for post-Fur­naces pop-rock. New View was ap­par­ently recorded af­ter she re­lo­cated from her long­time home in Brook­lyn to up­state New York, and there’s a per­va­sive feel­ing of wist­ful­ness and melan­choly through­out; this is a grown-up record that fur­ther sands down any Fur­naces-es­que ex­per­i­men­tal edges that may have lin­gered. The song­writ­ing has a time­less qual­ity, the lyrics are at turns clever, heart­felt and earnest, and the whole thing is an­chored by Fried­berger’s dis­tinc­tive alto, which has only be­come more in­ter­est­ing with age. Im­me­di­ate at­ten­tion-grab­bers in­clude the first sin­gles “He Didn’t Men­tion His Mother” and “Sweet­est Girl,” but re­ally, there is not a mis­step to be found in the 11-song bunch. New View is a lush and beau­ti­ful record that ce­ments her as a fine song­writer. (Frenchkiss, frenchkiss­records.com) DAVE MIX

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