Picture a lady that looks like a mix between Patti Smith and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Imagine a guitar sound that sounds distinctly American singer-songwriter but then imagine the voice to sound as if Chrissie Hynde had joined The Housemartins. And you got it.
Eleanor Friedberger is better known as one half of the Fiery Furnaces but is touring with solo material at the moment. Her songwriting is sophisticated and her lyrics are original. She managed to encapture the entire room and played for over an hour when people still wouldn't let her leave the stage. There was no dancing or such things, people were simply listening and taking in her presence.
A very nice early evening at the charming Monarch.