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Eleanor Friedberger Finds A ‘New View’ Of George Harrison And Other Musical Favorites

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Eleanor Friedberger

Eleanor Friedberger has long associated with New York City’s indie music scene, both as one half of The Fiery Furnaces with her brother Matthew and as a solo artist. She's also a regular guest with the house band on NBC's "Late Night With Seth Meyers," filmed in New York.

But Friedberger recently left the metropolis she called home for nearly 15 years and moved upstate. She made the decision out of economic necessity and a desire for more living and performing space.

"I have a huge place to practice anytime I want," Friedberger told OpenAir before a show at Denver's Larimer Lounge. "People come and stay, and inevitably at the end of a night a lot of people go out and jam. It sounds kind of corny but that happens -- and that’s not something that would happen in the city."

Friedberger released her third solo album, "New View," last month. The album has a calmer, more rustic vibe than her electronic Fiery Furnaces records and frantic previous solo releases.

Friedberger credits some classic rock artists as influences on the new album: Van Morrison, Bob Dylan and particularly George Harrison.

She had been a fan of Harrison's music since childhood, and fondly remembers singing his hit "Got My Mind Set On You" at slumber parties.

But, to her surprise, she recently discovered a lot of music she hadn't heard in the former Beatle's solo catalog. While driving to band rehearsal for "New View," Friedberger heard the 1979 single "Love Comes To Everyone" for the first time.

"It blew me away. When you hear something you hadn't heard from someone's early catalog it's really exciting and inspiring."

Stream OpenAir's full "Inside Track" feature with Friedberger above to hear more about Harrison's influence on "New View."