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Album of the Week: Eleanor Friedberger's Last Summer (Download a Free Track)

elenor_070611_key.jpgIt seems that every other red-blooded, indie-rock-loving boy has a crush on Eleanor Friedberger of the brother-and-sister act the Fiery Furnaces. A mix of Patti Smith and a cute art-gallery manager, Friedberger employs her crisp, intimate voice to good effect on her sure-footed debut solo album, Last Summer (out today on Merge Records). Rooted in Fiery Furnace Brooklynalia but with a lighter touch, Last Summer sees Friedberger cribbing vocal cues from Smith with a lightly percussive, acoustic-guitar-heavy instrumental backing echoing John Lennon's New York albums. In a Tumblr-like confessional style, songs such as "My Mistakes" (download here) and "Scenes From Bensonhurst" mix PJ Harvey's candor with up-to-the-minute distractions (bike-riding around Brooklyn; surfing the Internet; where, oh where, to get dinner). "One-Month Marathon" offers a touch of red-lit sexuality for Friedberger fanboys, and "Inn of the Seventh Ray" rattles satisfyingly. Hipster music for non-hipsters, Last Summer proves a beguiling little jewel.

Download "My Mistakes" for free here.

Last Summer is available today at iTunes, Amazon, and Merge Records.

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