Eleanor Friedberger (born September 2, 1976) is an American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She is best known as one half of the indie rock duo The Fiery Furnaces, alongside her older brother Matthew Friedberger. In the band she contributes the majority of the vocals both on record and during their live performances.
In 2011, The Fiery Furnaces went on hiatus, with both Friedberger siblings embarking upon solo careers. To date, Eleanor has released three solo studio albums: Last Summer (2011), Personal Record (2013) and New View (2016).
Friedberger was born in Oak Park, Illinois, and grew up singing with her grandmother Olga Sarantos and family in a Greek Orthodox church. Her paternal ancestors were Jewish and from Poland and Lithuania.
Friedberger released her first solo album Last Summer on 12 July 2011 through Merge Records. Friedberger released her second album, Personal Record, on 4 June 2013. Her third album, New View, was released on 22 January 2016. It is her first release on Frenchkiss Records, having released her first two albums through Merge Records.
Friedberger's brother Matthew dedicated his 2006 solo album, Winter Women, to her.
She has dated both Britt Daniel of Spoon and Alex Kapranos of the Scottish rock band Franz Ferdinand. The Spoon song "Anything You Want" and the Franz Ferdinand song "Eleanor Put Your Boots On" are both written about her.
SoloLast Summer (2011)
Personal Record (2013)
New View (2016)