Eleanor Friedberger premieres new video for “Are We Good?”: Watch

Director Gil Kenan utilizes cut up green screen to mirror the fragmental composition of the song

Eleanor Friedberger Are We Good Music Video Premiere
Eleanor Friedberger’s “Are We Good?” video

    When breaking down her recent album, Rebound, track by trackEleanor Friedberger revealed to Consequence of Sound that the lyrics to “Are We Good?” were actually cobbled together from an unlikely source. “I based this song completely on text messages between myself and other people, which was a fun exercise,” she explained. “I went through the messages of three people I’d had relationships with, and then transcribed them — which is kind of a weird thing to do.”

    Much as the song was pieced together from cut up bits of texts, its new music video makes use of different cut up bits of green paper. Director Gil Kenan utilized the various shapes and sheets to chroma key a world of different colors and locales around Friedberger. As he explains it,

    “‘Are We Good?’got me hooked the first time I heard Eleanor perform it — a fragment made up of fragments. The imagery in the video is picking up on that theme, the arpeggiating rhythm, and giving shape to it on screen. The process of creating the video was nearly stream of consciousness. My wife Eliza and I sat down at her studio with a roll of green paper and cut out shapes. I animated some of them, made some props, and Eliza created a dress (or 2/3 of one) for Eleanor to wear. There’s a pretty version of the video that is all green-screen, without the chromakey, but it’s too risky to release it… someone could go rogue and composite wacky animal bloopers all over Eleanor.”

    Check out the clip below.

    Rebound is out now via Frenchkiss Records. Revisit Friedberger’s recent appearance on our This Must Be the Gig podcast, in which she digs deeper into her new album, crying over Guns N’ Roses, and touring the world, below. Speaking of touring, Friedberger’s full fall itinerary can be found under the podcast.


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    Eleanor Friedberger 2018 Tour Dates:
    09/06 – Brooklyn, NY @ Dr. Marten’s Store
    09/13 – Washington, DC @ Pearl Street Warehouse
    09/14 – Raleigh, NC @ Kings
    09/15 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club
    09/17 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
    09/19 – Austin, TX @ 3TEN ACL Live
    09/21 – Sante Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
    09/22 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
    09/23 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
    09/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Resident
    09/26 – San Francisco, CA @ The ChapeL
    09/28 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
    09/29 – Seattle, WA @ Columbia City Theater
    09/30 – Vancouver, BC @ The Wise Hall
    10/03 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
    10/04 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Back Room @ Colectivo
    10/05 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
    10/06 – Detroit, MI @ El Club
    10/24 – London, UK @ Oslo Hackney
    10/25 – Bristol, UK @ Exchange
    10/26 – Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
    10/27 – Lancaster, UK @ Loud in the Libraries
    10/29 – Glasgow, UK @ CCA
    10/30 – Edinburgh, UK @ Sneaky Pete’s
    10/31 – Leeds, UK @ Headrow House
    11/01 – Brighton, UK @ The Hope & Ruin
    11/03 – Nieuw-amsterdam, NL @ Indiestad Festival
    11/06 – Hamburg, DE @ NOCHTWACHE
    11/07 – Berlin, DE @ Kantine am Berghain
    11/08 – Schorndorf, DE @ Club Manufaktur
    11/10 – Kortrijk, BE @ Kortrijk Sonic City Festival
    11/11 – Utretcht, NL @ Le Guess Who? Festival