Eleanor Friedberger: “I Am The Past”

Song of the Day

Eleanor Friedberger: “I Am The Past”

Posted by on Dec 15, 2014

All this week, the Song of the Day spotlights some of our favorite live sessions from the past year.

Great songwriting always lurked under the Fiery Furnaces’ avant-garde tendencies. Being a fan of the band was an adventure, following the Friedberger siblings as they explored the confines of what a pop song could sound like. Could it be a ten-and-a-half minute suite incorporating electro, folk, musical theatre, and more? In their hands, that was a definite yes.

Since the beginning of the duo’s hiatus in 2011, frontwoman Eleanor Friedberger has changed the balance, favoring straight-ahead pop melodies with a bit of weirdness thrown in to keep you on your toes. Her two solo albums, Last Summer and Personal Record, are warm and inviting, cycling through power-pop, R&B, and punk with Friedberger as the freewheeling conductor. She’s a razor-sharp lyricist, favoring complete thoughts so that her songs unfold like short stories.

She stopped by our studios earlier this year and offered a stripped-down take on “I Am The Past.” It’s a simple acoustic performance, punctuated by Friedberger’s meditation on how the past always stays with us no matter where we go. And in true Friedbergerian fashion, a warbling echo effect accompanies her playing like a weird ghost that she can’t seem to shake.