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Download “Shirley,” From Matthew Friedberger’s New Solos Project, Which Matthew Is Willing To Discuss In Great Detail

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Whatever you think of the music Matthew Friedberger makes, both solo and as one-half of sibling-prog act the Fiery Furnaces, you have to admit that he’s really, really good at talking about making it — he is erudite and sarcastic and yet completely sincere in a genuinely fascinating way. We at the Voice know this firsthand, having once joined him on a private walking tour of Queens and subsequently allegedly misread his sarcasm at a bowling alley. His interviews are must-reads, is what I’m saying. And so this new thing he’s got going, the 2011 project Solos, “a series of six solo releases in which Friedberger plays only one class of instrument on each record,” is worth noting: the first public offering, “Shirley,” which you can download here, is pretty good, but this interview with the excellently named At Length is even better. Matt requires very little prompting, you see. In fact, here are the first 12 Qs in this q&a:

Can you tell me something about your new project, Solos?

(Laughs.)

(Laughs.)

Right.

Right.

Yeah exactly.

Sure.

(Laughs.)

No, no.

Right.

Right.

No, no. (Laughs.)

After a few questions, there are more than a dozen more Right’s, and one Right, Yeah and Right, Right apiece, along with a handful of Yeahs. A wildly successful interview, in other words. There’s no “Chill, Deborah” moment, but otherwise, well done.

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