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Fiery Furnaces' Friedberger Goes Solo
Matthew Friedberger, principle songwriter in prolific the brother/sister duo Fiery Furnaces, will release his first solo effort Aug. 8 via the newly formed 859 Recordings.Matthew Friedberger, principle songwriter in prolific the brother/sister duo Fiery Furnaces, will release his first solo effort Aug. 8 via the newly formed 859 Recordings. The album will be comprised of two discs: "Winter Women" and "Holy Ghost Language School." Friedberger recorded both albums at Key Club Recording studios in Benton Harbor, Michigan.
"They had a mixing board there that was custom made for Sly Stone. And it was away from a big city or college town, so I was able to be left alone more than usual," Friedberger tells Billboard.com. "For me, it wasn't really that different than recording a Furnaces record -- I guess the only difference would be in that I had to sing everything."
"Because I made them at the same time, I could use one record as a safety valve for the other," he continues. "I'd work on three songs on one then go to the other record and record. It was good to have that back and forth; it really helped in figuring out how each record was supposed to be."
On the new project, Fiery Furnaces fans will see a departure from the rather erratic song structures that characterize much of their catalog to date. Instead, "Winter Women" finds Friedberger showcasing his pop songwriting skills while "Holy Ghost Language School" is more of a concept album ("an obscure story about Christian business men," the artist offers).
However, Friedberger has no plans to tour in support of the new releases. Instead, he plans to return to the studio for another Fiery Furnaces album this fall. "It won't be another broken keyboard record -- we're going to do a noisy, Afrobeat album with no horns this time," he promises.