On a crisp evening in New York City, Eleanor Friedberger, one half of the brother sister duo The Fiery Furnaces, graced the stage of Le Poisson Rouge, performing selections from her debut solo album, Last Summer, as well as new material. Eleanor opened with the first single “My Mistakes”, donning a full white suit and matching white Keds. Who said you can’t wear white after Labor Day?
Eleanor peppered her show with new material “a song about falling in love”, “Stare at the Sun” and the rocking “That Was When I Knew” for the encore. Her lyrics present sharp narratives with decisive repetition. It’s especially noticeable live when she chimes “Wrong, wrong, wrong” in the later newbie and even in “Inn of the Seventh Ray” where a broken promise rings over and over in her memories. She even counted out 2-0-1-0 for “Glitter Gold Year”.
Behind her mint green electric guitar and manicured bangs a la Patti Smith, she was completely comfortable on stage, except a moment before kicking into “Roosevelt Island”. Eleanor had to hold up saying she was tipsy and blamed it on the suit. Fashion is painful. She took a mini breather and a sip of her Corona. All good!
Eleanor was happy to play an early show because she was due to attend a wedding post-concert. Maybe an explanation for the all white ensemble? Drawing from her recent album she performed “Scenes from Bensonhurst”, “Early Earthquake” and ended the set with “I Won’t Fall Apart on You”. The fans at the lip of the stage bopped “on and on and on” to the conclusive song. Post show, Eleanor got behind the merch table. Let’s hope she made it in time to that wedding or her white hotness would have been missed for the matrimonial bliss.