LA-based Phoebe Bridgers first appears like an innocuous figure with a soothing soundscape. If all you ever did was throw on the odd track from her back catalogue while going about your day to day, then that perception would likely never alter.
However if you are listening as intently as you should be to the innovative tones of one of music’s most in-demand artists, then you will find a songstress telling candid tales of painful regret; producing incisive folk songs about depression and self- destruction; exploring the deep-seated imperfections of everyday life; and detailing broken faith as a response to our forlorn existence.
On her sophomore album ‘Punisher’ Bridgers builds on these somber and telling themes which were pervasive on her stunning debut ‘Stranger In The Alps, and reiterates their impending relevance to the modern social sphere.
Sonically ‘Garden Song’ continues the dystopian themes that have defined Bridgers; who continues to challenge the criterion of modern songwriting every step of the way. ‘Kyoto’ is driven by drudging basslines alongside brazen lyrics such as, “I’m gonna kill you if you don’t beat me to it”; ‘Chinese Satellite’ throws plucky lyrics against a backdrop of pulsating drum beats; ‘ICU’ comprises of radio-ready but far from tired guitar riffs; and ‘Graceland Too’ is an acoustic ballad peppered with idiosyncratic lyrics.
Bridgers has chutzpah in today’s music scene claiming pole position for a new wave of songwriters producing music for a lost generation, and, on what is her most versatile body of work to date, her standing is unequivocal.
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