Each album focuses on a different instrument: ‘Napoléonette’ - piano; ‘Old Regimes’ - harp; ‘Cut It Out’ - drums; ‘Arrested On Charges Of Unemployment’ - bass; ‘Meet Me In Miramas’ - guitar; ‘Death-In-Life’ - organ.
Each LP is a full length album packaged in a full colour LP jacket. All six LPs are housed in a heavy duty box with removable lid and hand-pasted cover artwork. These albums were released individually in limited supply in 2011.
The albums were mostly recorded in France and are all mastered by Joe Lambert at JLM Sound in New York.
Friedberger has released eight albums with The Fiery Furnaces, the band he runs with his sister Eleanor. ‘Solos’ is designed to illustrate the following Cretan-Lacedaemonian principle: Every group of instruments against every other group of instruments; every instrument against every other instrument; and especially, every instrument against itself, all alone.
The ‘Solos’ series has been reviewed extensively by Altered Zones, Entertainment Weekly, Spin Magazine, Pitchfork, Stereogum, AV Club and The Village Voice, amongst many others.
“Friedberger throws himself at it with such joyous abandon that one would think he’d been kept from it months against his will” - Under The Radar