It feels like things are really pushing forwards for Phoebe Bridgers as she moves towards the release of her second album Punisher. Having collaborated with big name artists such as The 1975 and Hayely Williams, she’s likely to be broadening her listener base much wider than the likely Pitchfork reading dude who goes (in the UK at least) to End of the Road Festival or Green Man festival and also enjoys Lucy Dacus, Julien Baker and Julia Jacklin.
Yesterday she released new song Kyoto, a tune with some rather lovely brass amongst a chirpy musical backing. Alongside Garden Song released back in February it’s my favourite Bridgers track so far.
Artists who have had some success and spent time on the road often end up writing about it. Some with creative skill, others drifting into a rut of mind-numbed complacency made by tour bus fatigue; performers sometimes find that touring life isn’t quite as great as they had been made to believe. “I wanted to see the world, then I flew over the ocean and I changed my mind,” sings Bridgers, perhaps alluding to exactly that. Thankfully though whatever negativity Bridgers has experienced in her mind she’s been able to channel it into a song that is impressively likeable.
Phoebe Bridgers - Kyoto
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