Music: Eleanor Friedberger

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It’s been two years since the release of Eleanor Friedberger’s sophomore solo album Personal Record, which made countless year-end lists including Rolling Stone, Consequence of Sound, Paste, Magnet, MOJO, Uncut, CMJ and more. During that time, Eleanor has kept quite busy – she live-scored unreleased Andy Warhol films alongside Bradford Cox and Dean Wareham, and sat in with the 8G Band numerous times on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Most recently, Eleanor released a new song, “False Alphabet City,” giving us a taste of what’s to come on New View.

New View signals a fresh beginning for the former Fiery Furnaces’ frontwoman. After living in Brooklyn for fourteen years, Friedberger moved to upstate New York, and the album reflects that region’s rustic charm. The songs were arranged with her backing band Icewater and recorded in Germantown, NY, live to tape, with producer Clemens Knieper in his converted barn studio. The result is an album that feels like an instant classic upon first listen, and is Eleanor Friedberger’s best record to date.

Friedberger drew inspiration for New View from many of her musical heroes – everyone from Van Morrison, Neil Young and George Harrison, to Slapp Happy, Yoko Ono and Elyse. There are ghost notes of all of those influences on New View, but mostly you hear the singular voice of Eleanor Friedberger, whose warm, inviting alto and incredible word play continue to make her one of the foremost songwriters in the indie rock world today.

Opening for Eleanor Friedberger is Icewater.

There’s an inviting field between the wrought-iron gates of the city and the weathered barns of the country, and standing there is Icewater. In the lineage of Gene Clark, Gram Parsons and Neil Young, Icewater’s sound explodes with signature Wurlitzer, clean green guitar tones and expansive melody. An aching nostalgia stirs in their refreshing contemporary songwriting.

Icewater, now, is Noah Hecht, Michael and his brother Jonathan Rosen, and Malcolm Perkins. They used to be Michael, Malcolm and Grant Martin, but Grant passed away during the completion of their first album, and in this wake they vowed to keep Grant’s vision alive. They completed the record, Collector’s Edition, in collaboration with their pain. They couldn’t not.

They’ve written and recorded a new album since, called Cardinal, and Cardinal is life after death, bursting from the red clay of Virginia.

Icewater is also the backing band for Eleanor Friedberger (of The Fiery Furnaces). They recently collaborated and recorded on her third album, New View, which was released on January 22nd, 2016.
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By: Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD

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