The second solo album from Eleanor Friedberger, Personal Record, was just released last Tuesday on June 4th. Many fans are familiar with the music played with her brother in the Fiery Furnaces. Her recent solo work provides a completely difference experience. With Last Summer’s release in 2011, fans had access to personal history via song lyrics. Eleanor is not afraid to show who she really is or how she feels. Her sound and vocals alone are easily recognizable among modern singer-songwriters. The new songs showcase her 70’s classic rock influence. Pay attention to the lyrics, which have taken an unexpected turn from the previous album release. Eleanor carefully calculated each one and collaborated with John Wesley Harding. A couple of songs to mention from Personal Record are “When I Knew”, which features fast-paced and upbeat melodies along with jangly guitars. Listeners will be easily persuaded to move their bodies. “I’ll Never Be Happy Again” is charged with emotion and lyrics are easily relatable. Her past performances in Portland have left audiences wide-eyed and impressed, and Thursday night is expected to end the same.
When sisters and friends come together to create a haze of psychedelic garage rock, it’s a beautiful thing. TEEN did just that. Hailing from Brooklyn, the girls came together after Teeny Lieberson left Here We Go Magic. Their energetic sound and lovely feminine vocals are the perfect balance to the steady haze that is ever so present in most of their songs. There are layers upon layers of clashing drums, lulling vocals, synths, and interesting guitar counterparts. They are fun to watch, and perfect for an underground venue.
Doug Fir has set itself up for providing a lovely-lady-powered night. There will not be room for disappointment here.