February 23, 2006

Fiery Furnaces: Bitter Tea

the fiery furnaces: eleanor and matt friedberger

The Fiery Furnaces return, for the most part, to their epic, unconventional, and catchy methodology on the upcoming Bitter Tea. Returning after the trying and frustrating, Rehearsing My Choir. As with much of the Fiery Furnaces output since Blueberry Boat, songs rub the wrong way on first listen, but slowly, after repeated listens, train your hair to follow the new direction it's being combed. Even Grandma makes an appearance, a backwards tracked vocal, in the song, "Oh, Sweet Woods", but fear not, Bitter Tea is traditional Fiery Furnaces. Now that phrase, 'traditional Fiery Furnaces' sounds like an oxymoron, doesn't it?

*Limited Downloads*
From Bitter Tea [Fat Possum April 18/06]
+ i'm in no mood
+ in my little thatched hut

If you go back and listen to the band's debut, Gallowsbird's Bark, you will appreciate it even more, at least I do, it's a fantastic debut.

*Limited Downloads*
From debut full length Gallowsbird's Bark
+ we got back the plague
+ inca rag name game

23 - Nashville, TN - Exit/IN
24 - Saint Louis, MO - Mississippi Nights
25 - Champaign, IL - High Drive
27 - Indianapolis, IN - The Music Mill
28 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop

01 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr Smalls Fun House/Theatre
03 - Ithaca, NY - Cornell University
04 - Providence, RI - School Of Design


  1. wtf did fiery furnaces just send a song from the new album to each of the popular indie music blog sites? I just got a different songs from here, skatterbrain, fluxblog, STG and stereogum. Or do you guys just talk to eachother to make sure you don't post copies when an album's leaked?

  2. Anonymous1:36:00 PM

    The Fiery furnaces is like a minimalist version of 70 ies british band Gentle giant.

    I like them very much.

    These tracks are no exception.

  3. Anonymous10:31:00 PM

    is grandma the one saying "farewell direction, farewell all afection" backwards?