is rediscovering her musical self with her darkly ‘80s-inspired new single “In Between Stars.” This single is the first look into her forthcoming studio album Rebound, set for a May 4 release via Frenchkiss Records. The melody of “In Between Stars,” driven by a Juno synthesizer laid over programmed drum loops and muted guitars, is said to be a common theme in the entirety of the album. The song mysteriously ends with Friedberger singing a capella, “I don’t know how I’ve come to see the world, exclusively through your eyes … “
Produced by Clemens Knieper, Rebound is set to be the daring next step in Friedberger’s illustrious recording career. Along with a vibrant new sound, Rebound is said to represent the artist’s personal identity. Wanting to immerse herself in her richly Greek heritage, the musician explored her own culture by traveling through Greece for the larger portion of 2016. “It turned out to be more of a reconnaissance mission,” she said in a statement. “I spent most of 2016 on the road, and I needed to keep that momentum going. I had always wanted to spend more time in Greece; take Greek lessons and get to know Athens better while hopefully writing some music.”
During a month-long stay in Athens, Friedberger learned of an ‘80s-themed nightclub called Rebound, a “dark and smoky goth disco” where, apparently, “everybody does the chicken dance.” “Rebound proved to be a revelation in terms of finding the sound and energy for my fourth album,” said the artist. In between slouching and strutting in that chicken dance, moving her arms in solitary unison with the music, Friedberger found the inspiration for her future album.
Unlike her previous album, which was arranged and recorded with the help of Friedberger’s backing band, Rebound was mostly recorded by the artist herself, giving the album a distinctly personal touch. Rebound will be the artist’s fourth studio album, and it appears to be a deeply retrospective addition to her extensive catalogue.
Friedberger will be playing select shows during the spring, her tour dates can be found below the artist’s new single “In Between Stars” and her 2016 Paste Studio session, followed by the Rebound album art. You can preorder the record right here.
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Eleanor Friedberger Tour Dates
15 – New York, N.Y. @ City Vineyard at Pier 26
16 – Boston, Mass. @ City Winery
17 – Northampton, Mass. @ Iron Horse Music Hall
04 – London, U.K. @ Moth Club
28 – Kingston, N.Y. @ BSP *
01 – New York, N.Y. @ Bowery Ballroom *
03 – Toronto, Ontario @ The Drake *
05 – Chicago, Ill. @ Lincoln Hall *
09 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Moroccan Lounge *
(* – Tickets on sale Feb. 16)