Released: Jul 2011
Label: Merge Records
More than a decade after forming The Fiery Furnaces with her bro, Eleanor Friedberger offers her solo debut, an excuse for the quirky siren to get both introspective and nostalgic. On Last Summer, she captures intimate slices of life rather than fleshing out full-bodied narratives, creating a slew of images destined to be manifested in indie-film montages, like when we watch her "watch Footloose with the biggest bottle of vodka in the world." Meanwhile, her delicate coos and sing-talk flurries are enhanced with ghostly guitars, groovy sax and funky bass lines.