Eleanor Friedberger is best know for her work co-fronting the indie rock due The Fiery Furnaces alongside her brother Matthew from 2000 to 2011. Since their hiatus, she has pursued a successful solo career which has seen her release four albums in these seven years.
Growing up she found solace in the music of The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Pavement; all of which contribute to her gloomy indie rock sound. However, her fourth album Rebound (2018) takes a more electronic turn as synth undertones can be heard throughout while being accompanied by more upbeat rhythms. This shift in sound was inspired by a trip to Greece where she was taken to a club named Rebound that only opened at 3am on Saturdays. It was described to her as a time warp and an “80s goth disco” – a sound she replicated throughout the album, especially in leading single ‘In Between Stars’. Friedberger stated “Rebound proved to be a revelation in terms of finding the sound and energy for my fourth album […] It’s dark and disorienting; my warped version of 80s goth disco.”
She is also greatly inspired French singer, songwriter, actress and artist Lizzy Mercier Descloux who was a part of the country’s new wave and punk movement in the 70s as she created her own style of avant-garde music. This link can be seen in Rebound‘s cover artwork as Friedberger models herself on Descloux yet in a more colourful fashion.
Performing alongside a carefully selected band, her live shows are an intimate affair, described by The Guardian as “emotionally direct and very human”.