PHOEBE BRIDGERS - what's the deal?

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my brother just told me about her. many comparisons to elliott smith, i don't hear it in the guitar playing but definitely the vocals, especially the phrasing, the way they're double/triple tracked, lyrically too. this song is really great, production is fantastic, particularly the sound effects.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EM1t8H_PE78

flappy bird, Monday, 27 November 2017 07:34 (two years ago) link

on first listen, i was like "whatevs" but then i returned, liked it more, and kept returning.

i think she's good, but that song "motion sickness" is an instant classic, man.

alpine static, Monday, 27 November 2017 08:26 (two years ago) link

motion sickness is a gem yeah

In a slipshod style (Ross), Monday, 27 November 2017 08:30 (two years ago) link

just listened to Motion Sickness 20 times in a row lol

alpine static, Saturday, 2 December 2017 00:41 (two years ago) link

oh my god... motion sickness...

flappy bird, Wednesday, 6 December 2017 01:48 (two years ago) link

lol otm

alpine static, Wednesday, 6 December 2017 07:26 (two years ago) link

Same as Alpine, keep returning to this. It's eclipsed the long awaited Julien Baker album for me.

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 6 December 2017 08:46 (two years ago) link

four weeks pass...

i immediately connected with this on the strength of the songwriting and now i'm discovering all the lovely details in the production too. completely agree with all the love for motion sickness

her version of you missed my heart is better than kozelek's original too

ufo, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 12:03 (two years ago) link

I think she is good ... almost in a way that I am suspicious of ... because I like it too much or too easily? (I think this is what people feel about ALVVAYS.)

Actually, more specifically, I slightly distrust the songwriting I have heard: ticking too many generic attitude boxes. Yet what she does, she does very well, I know. And maybe other songs I have not heard would give me a different view.

She sounds a bit uncannily like Kathleen Edwards - whom I have long admired a lot.

the pinefox, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 13:58 (two years ago) link

funny that you mention Edwards because to me it's the new Waxahatchee that sounds just like her.

evol j, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 15:09 (two years ago) link

Anna Tivel has some Kathleen Edwards in her, too. maybe she is a bigger influence on young songwriters than anyone realized. (which would be a good thing.)

alpine static, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 15:47 (two years ago) link

Edwards is terrific! (In her own generic way, familiar yet with intelligent and crafted twists.)

the pinefox, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 16:03 (two years ago) link

I heard a bit of this on the NYT Popcast (a bit from Funeral) when they were doing their end of year thing and was really struck by it by but didn't go back to it until I heard her name come up today. It's not subtle or oblique enough for the Elliott Smith comparisons but there's definitely a huge gut punch factor in it, and the ambient/production touches going on are so great.

in twelve parts (lamonti), Thursday, 11 January 2018 18:09 (two years ago) link

only elliott smith thing that stuck out like a sore thumb was the second line in 'scott street': "open heart, open container." the song doesn't sound that much like 'st. ides heaven,' but the instrumentation + the melodic sensibility really highlights it. other than that I don't hear it.

flappy bird, Thursday, 11 January 2018 18:21 (two years ago) link

heard "motion sickness" for the first time recently and it really struck me. that first verse is just one of those verses, enough odd little details and turns of phrase to catch me off guard a bit. her vocals are lovely and the touches in the production especially as it swells just so toward the end are really haunting and great.

haven't spent much time with the album yet but i enjoyed it and am looking forward to living with it a bit.

dyl, Friday, 12 January 2018 01:36 (two years ago) link

it's so fuckin' good, man

alpine static, Friday, 12 January 2018 04:23 (two years ago) link

one thing about Motion Sickness ... album version is one of the songs of 2017 for me ... but if you go looking for some of the sessions she has played (like Paste, Tiny Desk ... something else, can't remember) she plays it a little slower, and she tends to slow it down even more on the bridge, and then she emphasizes the slight rhythmic and melodic change in the "I have emotional motion" line after the bridge ... and it's awesome.

well, here's the TIny Desk version, which has piano and vocal harmony with it, unlike, say, the Paste one:

https://youtu.be/-hLJNZSIwP8?t=3m34s

gives me chills, man

alpine static, Friday, 12 January 2018 04:36 (two years ago) link

oh my god

https://youtu.be/H37WARFESUE

alpine static, Friday, 12 January 2018 04:41 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

oh my god... motion sickness...

― flappy bird, Wednesday, December 6, 2017 1:48 AM (one month ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

pretty much here now.

in twelve parts (lamonti), Wednesday, 31 January 2018 12:35 (two years ago) link

everyone who hears it gets there eventually.

alpine static, Wednesday, 31 January 2018 17:53 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

Weirdly disappointed to learn that the boyfriend who shells out for expensive hypnotherapy, sings in an English accent and was in a band when PB was born is (supposedly) Ryan Adams.

in twelve parts (lamonti), Tuesday, 6 March 2018 08:04 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

Motion sickness, damn

after party for the apocalypse (Ross), Sunday, 15 April 2018 15:30 (two years ago) link

i saw her live recently. it was a really good show!

dyl, Sunday, 15 April 2018 15:36 (two years ago) link

i heard "smoke signals" on the radio and it was v good, gave some julien baker vibes. other songs havent really clicked for me immediately

21st savagery fox (m bison), Sunday, 15 April 2018 16:12 (two years ago) link

seven months pass...

mordy and i both have this as one of our top albums of the year, if not the album of the year

Trϵϵship, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 00:41 (one year ago) link

just wanted to give it some more publicity before people vote on their year end things

Trϵϵship, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 00:42 (one year ago) link

this album, or boygenius?

austinb, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 00:57 (one year ago) link

alright i am hearing reports that this came out last year

Trϵϵship, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 00:57 (one year ago) link

lol

Trϵϵship, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 00:58 (one year ago) link

i learned about it this year at the same time as boygenius. the boygenius one is a favorite of mine as well.

Trϵϵship, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 00:58 (one year ago) link

Treeship what do you think of the new Girlpool

flappy bird, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 04:57 (one year ago) link

this was one of the best albums of last year, glad that she's getting more exposure from all the boygenius excitement

ufo, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 05:16 (one year ago) link

agreed ^

moreso than I did a year ago, I think Stranger In The Alps is a legit long-haul classic

alpine static, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 07:31 (one year ago) link

and by that i just mean it still sounds so good and feels like it's getting better, even after what must be, idk, 60+ listens?

alpine static, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 07:32 (one year ago) link

I also missed out on this last year and probably would've put it at the top of my list this year if I could. Love boygenius and their whole coming together but this album is.. some album.

abcfsk, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 08:03 (one year ago) link

i only heard it right at the end of last year when going through my backlog for eoy season but it instantly went to near the top of my list, an immediate classic to me. so many delightful moments - the "falling" bass on "smoke signals", the way the bridge goes into the final chorus on "motion sickness", that synth choir line near the end of "scott street", when the guitar comes in a minute into "georgia"

thinking about it now it's fairly similar in feeling to this year's kacey musgraves album - singer-songwriter with gorgeous arrangements and lots of beautiful ambience filling up the space

ufo, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 08:30 (one year ago) link

just to clarify what i was saying: i loved it a year ago, too. put it in the second half of my top 10, i believe.

but you know how a year or two or five later, some of the records in your top 10 kinda fade away and you don't reach for them as much, while a few come into focus as the ones you keep returning to? Alps is one of those for me, at least right now.

so is last year's Manchester Orchestra album.

alpine static, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 08:44 (one year ago) link

I like Phoebe Bridgers a lot and really hate the Julien Baker I've heard which makes the Boygenius album effectively useless for me.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 10:27 (one year ago) link

Hating Julien Baker seems.. cruel. But there are several Boygenius tracks that don't sound like Baker tracks.

abcfsk, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 11:50 (one year ago) link

Funeral kills me every time. It never doesn't make me tear up a little.

husked, tonal wails (irrational), Tuesday, 4 December 2018 15:24 (one year ago) link

Yeah. She is just remarkably talented as a songwriter.

Trϵϵship, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 15:45 (one year ago) link

I like Phoebe Bridgers a lot and really hate the Julien Baker I've heard which makes the Boygenius album effectively useless for me.

― Matt DC, Tuesday, December 4, 2018 3:27 AM (ten hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

phoebe's presence in the boygenius stuff is wayyy heavier than julien's imo, outside of "stay down" there isn't really a typical julien baker moment on the ep

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Tuesday, 4 December 2018 21:09 (one year ago) link

imo "motion sickness" is a perfect song, rest of stranger in the alps is pretty good

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Tuesday, 4 December 2018 21:10 (one year ago) link

I also missed out on this last year and probably would've put it at the top of my list this year if I could. Love boygenius and their whole coming together but this album is.. some album.

year of impact rule means i get to vote for this

Mordy, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 04:16 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Weirdly disappointed to learn that the boyfriend who shells out for expensive hypnotherapy, sings in an English accent and was in a band when PB was born is (supposedly) Ryan Adams.

― in twelve parts (lamonti), Tuesday, March 6, 2018 2:04 AM (ten months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I just heard this song for the first time and I fucking hate the shit out of Ryan Adams, this is just amazing songwriting....

some of these lines are ice cold, damn love it:

And why do you sing with an English accent
I guess it's too late to change it now

You said when you met me you were bored
And you, you were in a band when I was born

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 11 January 2019 19:12 (one year ago) link

this is my album of the year even tho it came out in 2017 and consequently i will not be voting for it ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Mordy, Friday, 11 January 2019 19:15 (one year ago) link

Ryan is great, but yes, that last line in particular is an all-time great dig xp

alpine static, Friday, 11 January 2019 19:16 (one year ago) link

knowing that song is about ryan adams makes it 1) funnier, then 2) more upsetting

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Friday, 11 January 2019 19:28 (one year ago) link

album is much better than i gave it credit for upthread but i've also been depressed

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Friday, 11 January 2019 19:30 (one year ago) link

love the video too, very pumped

But guess what? Nobody gives a toot!😂 (Karl Malone), Thursday, 27 February 2020 06:33 (three months ago) link

yah i love every song on Stranger at this point.

Thybulle on the Dash (Spottie), Thursday, 27 February 2020 06:35 (three months ago) link

This sounds better with each listen. I’m sleep deprived and on a train at the moment so that sound of looping backwards guitars (?) is blending with everything around me and it’s beautiful.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 27 February 2020 06:38 (three months ago) link

Excellent new song, love the spooky double-tracked vocal vibe she's working with. No info on the sophomore lp?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 28 February 2020 01:07 (three months ago) link

“I’m sleep deprived and on a train” almost sounds like a lyric she would write

brimstead, Friday, 28 February 2020 01:09 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

Phoebe Bridgers’ new album ‘Punisher’ is out June 19th!

💀https://t.co/AgIKKhoo4z pic.twitter.com/ZseaBfF6xQ

— Dead Oceans (@DeadOceans) April 9, 2020

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tw0zYd0eIlk

abcfsk, Thursday, 9 April 2020 16:30 (one month ago) link

Horns, nice! Quite looking forward to this!

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 9 April 2020 17:30 (one month ago) link

Love this tune.

digging this. the arrangement reminds me of a beulah song, or something in that vein.

fauci wally (voodoo chili), Thursday, 9 April 2020 18:41 (one month ago) link

So nice!

cajunsunday, Thursday, 9 April 2020 19:54 (one month ago) link

this is good

Roz, Friday, 10 April 2020 04:29 (one month ago) link

Yes

Three Hundred Pounds of Almond Joy (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 10 April 2020 13:59 (one month ago) link

she's gonna have a big year

alpine static, Friday, 10 April 2020 17:33 (one month ago) link

Phoebe is the best. Cannot wait for this whole album.

Nudeln und Klopapier Gore (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 10 April 2020 17:45 (one month ago) link

Kyoto reminds me a lot of Hello Saferide. It’s good.

ShariVari, Saturday, 11 April 2020 22:56 (one month ago) link

wow, haven't thought of hello saferide in a while!

sean gramophone, Saturday, 11 April 2020 23:14 (one month ago) link

the toy mic, the Head&Shoulders shampoo, the pjs - everything about that is adorable.

Roz, Tuesday, 14 April 2020 05:07 (one month ago) link

That rules!

brimstead, Tuesday, 14 April 2020 05:09 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

impeccable

I love 100 gecs https://t.co/X9rcDp4Lin

— traitor joe (@phoebe_bridgers) April 30, 2020

goole, Thursday, 30 April 2020 03:14 (one month ago) link

lol

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 30 April 2020 03:38 (one month ago) link

the rare perfect tweet

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Thursday, 30 April 2020 03:56 (one month ago) link

Idgi

DJI, Thursday, 30 April 2020 15:30 (one month ago) link

Is she singing backing vocals on this here? Blake Mills

Together Again Or (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 1 May 2020 16:00 (one month ago) link

No, apparently not. But she is a fan and has had him play on her album.

Together Again Or (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 1 May 2020 16:12 (one month ago) link

Blake's new album also sounding intersting

Morton Koopa Jr. Sings Elvis (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 1 May 2020 16:56 (one month ago) link

I have been super remiss in not listening to her sooner

akm, Sunday, 17 May 2020 23:39 (two weeks ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDGWhJmnack

abcfsk, Tuesday, 19 May 2020 19:09 (two weeks ago) link

Oh that’s beautiful

Roz, Tuesday, 19 May 2020 19:24 (two weeks ago) link

World Tour just announced! I'm gonna try and get to some of these dates.

And be sure to catch the “Phoebe Bridgers’ World,Tour”!

Starts on May 26 with a livestream performance from her kitchen and runs until June 6 with a show from her bed. 🥳

I'm going to EVERY SINGLE DATE!!!😎 pic.twitter.com/DipsatjfzC

— Dead Oceans (@DeadOceans) May 19, 2020

cajunsunday, Tuesday, 19 May 2020 21:35 (two weeks ago) link

Something about her voice gets me every time.

DJI, Tuesday, 19 May 2020 21:44 (two weeks ago) link

Kyoto is one of my favorite songs ever recorded, i believe

treeship., Thursday, 21 May 2020 11:45 (two weeks ago) link

I don't know how but I'm taller
It must be something in the water

Mordy, Thursday, 21 May 2020 14:45 (two weeks ago) link

Kyoto is one of my favorite songs ever recorded, i believe

I’ll agree, for now

Trouble Is My Métier (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 25 May 2020 22:22 (one week ago) link

This thread title always makes me think of some 80s Seinfeld type comedian..."I mean... What's the DEAL with Phoebe Bridgers?"

that sloppy jane song is great.

walking towards the sun since 2007 (alex in mainhattan), Tuesday, 26 May 2020 22:08 (one week ago) link

Sweet Relief, the benefit organization/concert series started by Victoria Williams in early 90s, for musicians lacking adequate medical coverage, has a May 28 livestream incl. Bridgers, more info here:
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/qj4p5x/were-hosting-a-livestream-with-finneas-phoebe-bridgers-and-more?utm_source=Iterable&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=curated_vice_daily_1023202

dow, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 01:27 (one week ago) link

^
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPMJd6QlkBE

abcfsk, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 07:00 (one week ago) link

that sloppy jane song is great.

It is. I love Sloppy Jane (put on one of the best live shows I've seen in the last 5 years), and I knew Phoebe had been in the band briefly but had never seen evidence of it.

Absolutely floored to read Amanda Petrusich’s profile of Bridgers and learn she was the singer in that super annoying Apple commercial covering The Pixies’ Gigantic. God I used to rip on that ad mercilessly, can’t believe its star turned out to be one of the best new songwriters of the past few years.

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Wednesday, 27 May 2020 17:51 (one week ago) link

today is Kyoto day for me. on repeat. what a song.

alpine static, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 20:48 (one week ago) link

I liked the profile too. Grand Central Oyster Bar -- now that's a place!

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 27 May 2020 21:11 (one week ago) link

There are no words in the English language
I could scream to drown you out

Trouble Is My Métier (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 29 May 2020 13:03 (one week ago) link

does phoebe actually believe in chemtrails this is important

Morton Koopa Jr. Sings Elvis (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 29 May 2020 16:40 (one week ago) link

And now she produced this lovely record:
https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/christian-lee-hutson-beginners/

DJI, Monday, 1 June 2020 16:46 (four days ago) link


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