Two albums into Eleanor Friedberger’s solo career, it’s no longer a question as to whether or not she can hold her own after breaking off from her brother Matthew and their experimental duo the Fiery Furnaces. Her storytelling skills are as sharp as ever, her keenly detailed lyrics now set to full-bodied, efficiently-produced guitar pop.
"When I Knew" is a jaunty cut from Personal Record, released earlier this year. In the Ryan Junell-directed clip, Friedberger is on her own but never alone, whether she’s communing with nature, relaxing at her kitchen table, or having a one-woman party in her basement. Like her songs, everything’s a little more colorful than you might expect. Personal Record is out now on Merge.