Monday, July 29, 2013

newmusicmonday #112:: Eleanor Friedberger

I've always liked Eleanor Friedberger of The Fiery Furnaces, a duo with her brother. Her songs on her solo album, Personal Record, are all collaborations with John Wesley Harding. Here's a Fresh Air [NPR] review of it by Ken Tucker.

The breezy track below and eye candy video might mask Eleanor's depth for some, but she does indeed make short work out of good songcrafting. There's an infectious Aubrey Plaza vibe to the music video that encourages repeat viewings...

A live performance of the track on Fallon is also below.

Monday, July 22, 2013

newmusicmonday #111:: Fear of Men

My musical tastes may be getting more & more predictable, but this Brighton, UK band (Jessica Weiss, Daniel Falvey, Michael Miles and Robyn Edwards) is sweet, jangly, and dark all at once. My fave tracks below are "Born", juxtaposing seemingly sunny pop and existential angst. "Mosaic" is another standout track, while "Green Sea" (video below) has grown on me. The low-fi music is listenable and doesn't drift into being ambient somnambulism. The lyrics are chock full of literary and philosophical references and while I wouldn't go as far as to call it beach music for the depressed, the more introspective amongst us will appreciate their offering.