Today, Eleanor Friedberger premiered the new video for "My Mistakes," the first single from her debut solo album Last Summer at Pitchfork TV. The video – like the song itself, it juxtaposes past and present: An old VHS tape found in a dusty basement was the starting point for the collaboration between Eleanor Friedberger and musician/video-maker Sara Magenheimer.
The tape revealed a forgotten art project shot 14 years ago at the University of Texas by Friedberger’s college friend Beth Lieberman. In the footage, we see Eleanor preparing for a date, going through ritualistic motions: she works out, showers, shaves her legs, applies eyeliner, and fixes her hair… leading up to the climactic moment of the date’s arrival.
Watch the video now at Pitchfork.tv
Friedberger is known for her work in Chicago power-pop harmonie-musik The Fiery Furnaces, a band she created with her brother Matthew at the turn of the millennium. They’re too modest to mention that they’ve won a number of awards, sold out happenings the world over, and made nine albums, most recently Take Me Round Again, a collection of cover songs from their previous album. That experience, combined with the fact that The Fiery Furnaces aren’t breaking up, inspired her to make her first solo record, Last Summer, last summer. The album’s insightful, thoughtful wordplay and sophisticated songcraft make you wonder why Friedberger waited so long to make an album of her own.
You can catch Friedberger performing live on select North American dates from July 11 through 27, including an appearance at the 4Knots Festival in NYC on July 16.
Last Summer will be in stores on July 12, but is available now for pre-order on CD and LP in the Merge store. Pre-order now to receive a limited-edition "From the Desk of Eleanor Friedberger" notepad!
Eleanor Friedberger on tour:
Jun 18 Brooklyn, NY Europa Nightclub
Jul 11 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie
Jul 12 Washington, DC Black Cat Backstage
Jul 14 Cambridge, MA Lizard Lounge
Jul 16 New York, NY South Street Seaport - The Village Voice / 4Knots Festival
Jul 19 Toronto, ON Horseshoe Tavern
Jul 20 Chicago IL The Hideout
Jul 23 Seattle, WA Neumo's Crystal Ball - Capitol Hill Block Party
Jul 24 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
Jul 26 San Francisco, CA Hotel Utah Saloon
Jul 27 Los Angeles, CA The Satellite