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Charting the Music: Eleanor Friedberger, 'Personal Record'

Charting the Music: Eleanor Friedberger, 'Personal Record' mergerecords.com
Written by Lauren Kellett
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With her latest album "Personal Record," Eleanor Friedberger has created just that -- an indie-pop diary compiled of detailed lyrics just relatable enough to let the listener daydream his or her way into Friedberger's shoes.

Self-awareness and dreamy indie pop collide in Friedberger's lovely alto storytelling, but listeners can't be too quick to judge who the main character may be.

88.1 KDHX chart position: #1 Adult Album Alternative and #1 CMJ Top 30 for July 2, 2013.

Record label, release date and producer: "Personal Record" was released on Merge Records on June 4, 2013 and was produced by Eric Broucek (LCD Soundsystem, Holy Ghost!).

Can be heard on: Wax Lyrical with Caron, the Space Parlour with Nick Acquisto and Dangerous Curves with Sherri Danger.

RIYL: A less whiny Best Coast, Dum Dum Girls or Friedberger's first band the Fiery Furnaces

Hometown: New York City.

About the artist: Eleanor Friedberger is most famous for being one-half of the indie-rock duo the Fiery Furnaces alongside her brother, Matthew. "Personal Record" is the second solo album for Friedberger, following up "Last Summer."

About the guest: "Personal Record" was co-written by Friedberger and songwriter and novelist John Wesley Harding. Harding (originally Wesley Stace) took his stage name from Bob Dylan's 1967 album of the same title, which Dylan named after the outlaw John Wesley Hardin. Harding's new album "Self-Titled" is due out September 2013.

Did you know?: Despite being so detailed, Friedberger's lyrics are meant to relate to anyone -- a feat she accomplished so well that her bassist falsely believed two of the songs written were about him. "I loved that," she said in a Merge Records interview. "I want him to feel like the songs are about him. I want you to feel like the songs are about you."

What the critics say: "'Personal Record' is so jam-packed with clever wordplay and fleeting, sometimes contradictory emotions that it occasionally feels as much like a short story collection as it does an album. But the tight, buoyant pop arrangements keep it from getting bogged down." - Lindsay Zoladz, Pitchfork

KDHX coverage: Friedberger performed live in the KDHX studios on June 24, 2013. Listen to the session.

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