Eleanor Friedberger, Purr, Robert Earl Thomas

/ Apr

Eleanor Friedberger, Purr, Robert Earl Thomas

Front Room
07:30 pm

Saturday April 28th

BSP Kingston presents

Eleanor Friedberger (full band)
Celebrating her new LP ‘Rebound’ out 5/4 on Frenchkiss Records
with Purr (formerly Jack and Eliza) + Robert Earl Thomas (of WIDOWSPEAK)

$15 | 18+ | 7:30 Doors / 8PM Show

Tickets are on-sale now :: http://bit.ly/2G0rEGH
also available locally (cash only, no fees) at
outdated: an antique café // Rocket Number Nine
Jack’s Rhythms // Darkside Records // Woodstock Music Shop

On Rebound, Eleanor Friedberger has created a subtle world that is a little fizzier, a little synthier- more cinematic, more meditative- than her previous three albums. In the wake of 2016’s jarring political shift, Friedberger felt a need to be even more self-reliant, right down to the album artwork, in which she painted a backdrop and styled herself as an attempt to look like an amped up Lizzy Mercier Descloux.

In contrast to the sonic serenity of 2016’s New View, which she arranged and recorded with her touring band, Rebound was recorded mostly on her own and with the producer Clemens Knieper. Programmed drums, a Juno synthesizer, and muted rhythm guitars dominate the landscape where influences range from Stereolab and Suicide to Lena Platonos and Yellow Magic Orchestra.

Eleanor Friedberger’s Rebound comes out on Frenchkiss Records on May 4th, 2018.

Purr began in 2017 as the side project of Eliza Callahan and Jack Staffen who have been songwriting partners since childhood. Callahan, then a student at Columbia and Staffen at NYU, set out to expand the sound of their project, Jack and Eliza, which simply comprised their two electric guitars and vocals.

Purr takes cues from a lineage of dual-lead-vocalist bands with roots primarily in the late 60s and 70s. The pair fluidly oscillates between singing in harmony and unison. Their vocals often blend and meld together to forge what at times can eerily sound like a single voice before separating out again. Their songwriting style too makes nods to the past as do their tones, washed with the warmth and warble of tape. Though in their arrangement and with their distinct vocal sound Purr evades pastiche and throwback, creating a sound that is both contemporary and their own.

In the summer between their junior and senior years of college, they enlisted Sam Glick, a friend of Callahan’s from Columbia to record their first songs as Purr which took place in Callahan’s kitchen. Glick then stepped in on bass and brought along his childhood friend Max Freedberg, the drummer from their band Plums. Purr released the first two songs they recorded together, “Bad Advice” and “Painted Memory,” in February 2018.

There are a million songs dressed in white t-shirts and American denim, songs that drift through open spaces in some busted sedan, over lost highways that become tributaries to eventual static, crawling traffic and stifling density. There are a million more songs about being wild and green in the cities and outside them: a song about love for every person on this earth. Another Age, the debut album from Robert Earl Thomas, avoids inhabiting these clichés even as it embraces their personal influence, distilling plucky observations and reveries into something both universal and specific. This is an album about small moments with big emotional footprints, told humbly and honestly.