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Eleanor Friedberger tackles the biggest topic of them all on her new song

20 April 2018, 15:47 | Written by Laurence Day

Eleanor Friedberger has lifted the lid on "Everything", an all-encompassing preview of forthcoming record Rebound.

"I tried to make a pop song about a complicated subject: Everything," explains Friedberger. "People seem to really like the line: 'I mean two houses please.'"

Rebound marks a new direction for the Illinois-born artist, with the lead cut "In Between Stars" described as an "homage to '80s dark goth pop". The LP follows 2016's New View and was recorded mostly alone with assistance from producer Clemens Knieper.

"I spent most of 2016 on the road, and I needed to keep that momentum going," explains Friedberger of the album's inspirations. "I had always wanted to spend more time in Greece; take Greek lessons and get to know Athens better while hopefully writing some music. After 8 November, 2016 I set that loose plan into motion. While friends back home were suddenly becoming politically activated for the first time, it was exciting to be living in a city where protest marches occur on a weekly, or sometimes daily basis. I assembled a band of Greek musicians, played a few shows, learned a few more Greek words, but didn't get much writing done. It turned out to be more of a reconnaissance mission."

While in the Mediterranean nation, Friedberger ended up seeking out an elusive "'80s goth disco" named Rebound on the advice of friend Σtella. "It proved to be a revelation in terms of finding the sound and energy for my fourth album," says Friedberger.

Friedberger plays a string of headline shows in North America in the coming weeks, and then joins The Decemberists on their opening tour in May. Find out more.

Rebound is out via Frenchkiss on 4 May.
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