Eleanor Friedberger has announced her new album, which is titled Rebound and will be out May 4 via Frenchkiss. It was inspired by a post-Election Day 2018 extended trip to Greece to explore family heritage. The title of the album, specifically, comes from a late-night goth club in Athens, as she explains:
After a month in Athens I asked my friend, the Greek musician Σtella, “What’s one thing I have to do before I leave?” After some long and careful consideration she smiled and said, you have to go to Rebound. It’s a time warp; kind of an 80s goth disco where everyone does the chicken dance; you’ll love it… but it’s only open on Saturdays after 3:00 AM.” Rebound proved to be a revelation in terms of finding the sound and energy for my fourth album. The club was very dark and despite the no smoking signs, like everywhere in Athens, it was very smoky. The ‘chicken dance’ Stella mentioned was a solitary one. I copied the slouchy strut, moving back and forth in line, swinging my arms in time to the music that at first sounded like Joy Division or maybe The Cure, but never revealed itself– one could only assume it to be knock-off by an unknown Baltic band. It was alienating and exhilarating.
You can listen to first single “In Between Stars,” which tips a little ’80s but is still undeniably an Eleanor Friedberger song, below.
Eleanor was testing out new material last fall and opened Television’s New Year’s shows at Bowery, and had dates coming up, including the intimate “Voices on the Hudson” series on Thursday (2/15) at City Vineyard in NYC (tickets). This spring she’ll be on a short tour, including NYC-area shows at BSP Kingston on April 28 and Bowery Ballroom on May 1. Tickets for BSP and Bowery go on sale Friday, February 16 at noon with a Citi cardmember presale for Bowery starting today (2/14) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed below.
Eleanor Friedberger – 2018 Tour Dates
2/15/18 New York, NY @ City Vineyard at Pier 26
2/16/18 Boston, MA @ City Winery
2/17/18 Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall
4/4/18 London, UK @ Moth Club
4/28/18 Kingston, NY @ BSP *
5/1/18 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *
5/3/18 Toronto, ON @ The Drake *
5/5/18 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *
5/9/18 Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge *