By Simon Vozick-Levinson
April 28, 2009 at 08:15 PM EDT

The Fiery Furnaces

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Few things delight me more than the prospect of a new Fiery Furnaces album, so you can imagine the “Huzzah!” I let out when I read last night that the excellently bizarre sibling duo has one set for release this July 21. It’s called I’m Going Away, and apparently it’s full of “70’s sunshine-glazed piano pop” about vintage sitcoms, or something. Cue perplexing statement from the Furnaces’ Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger:

“All rock music is a sort of dramatic music. And since the times are tough, it makes sense to have that ‘drama’ be something more like a version of Taxi than something like a version of Titanic. We like Taxi better than Titanic anyway.  So we hope that some of the songs on this record can be used as theme songs to folk’s own personal versions of Taxi.”

I’m not sure what any of that means, but I expect no less from the Friedbergers. And, hey, we are in agreement that Taxi was a rad show. They’ve also released a promo video showing them rehearsing/bickering in a tiny library stacked high with esoteric literature, which is pretty much how I’ve always imagined those two spend their down time. Turns out even Matt Friedberger can’t keep track of all the projects they’ve released: “This is, like, our 16th record, right?” he asks his sister at one point. (She reminds him that it’s actually their eighth, a figure which counts 2005’s not-really-an-EP EP and last year’s live set Remember.)

Check out the promo clip below, plus another one after the jump, then chime in: Am I the only oddball art-rock fan whose summer just improved?

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