På Rebound har Eleanor Friedberger skabt en subtil verden, der er lidt svimlende, lidt mere syntetisk eller filmisk om man vil og mere meditativ, end hendes tidligere tre albums. I kølvandet på 2016's kriseriske politiske skift følte Friedberger et behov for at være endnu mere selvforsynende helt ned til hendes album artwork, hvor hun malede en baggrund og stylede sig selv, i et forsøg på at ligne en forstærket udgave af den hede gangende postpunk/new wave kunstner Lizzy Mercier Descloux.
Den 19. august kan du opleve Eleanor Friedberger live i København på Musik Loppen
I spent most of 2016 on the road, and I needed to keep that momentum going. I had always wanted to spend more time in Greece; take Greek lessons and get to know Athens better while hopefully writing some music. After November 8, 2016 I set that loose plan into motion. While friends back home were suddenly becoming politically activated for the first time, it was exciting to be living in a city where protest marches occur on a weekly, or sometimes daily basis. I assembled a band of Greek musicians, played a few shows, learned a few more Greek words, but didn't get much writing done. It turned out to be more of a reconnaissance mission.
After a month in Athens I asked my friend, the Greek musician Σtella, "What's one thing I have to do before I leave?" After some long and careful consideration she smiled and said, "you have to go to Rebound. It's a time warp; kind of an 80s goth disco where everyone does the chicken dance; you’ll love it... but it's only open on Saturdays after 3:00 AM." Rebound proved to be a revelation in terms of finding the sound and energy for my fourth album. The club was very dark and despite the no smoking signs, like everywhere in Athens, it was very smoky. The "chicken dance" Stella mentioned was a solitary one. I copied the slouchy strut, moving back and forth in line, swinging my arms in time to the music that at first sounded like Joy Division or maybe The Cure, but never revealed itself-- one could only assume it to be knock-off by an unknown Baltic band. It was alienating and exhilarating. "In Between Stars" is an attempt at a song you could hear at Rebound. It's a dark and disorienting; my warped version of 80s goth disco.