Listen Down: Phoebe Bridgers Returns with Punisher

Reliving the mundane in a way that feels organic and truthful.

By King Lars

Los Angeles based indie rocker Phoebe Bridgers is back with her new album Punisher, released under label Dead Oceans. Bridgers debut release, Strangers in the Alps, was released three years prior back in 2017, which featured some key hits including “Motion Sickness” and “Scott Street.” Her music is characterized by deeply introspective lyrics that call back to a time of innocence, tinged with regret about the mistakes of past choices. 

Punisher is Bridgers’ second solo album but her third musical project in the past two years. In 2018, Bridgers partnered with indie-folk artists Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus to form boygenius, which later announced an EP and tour. Bridgers also worked with Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes fame to form Better Oblivion Community Center, with appearances on nighttime television shows such as Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Bridgers later came to greater prominence after being one of many women to accuse country-alt rocker Ryan Adams of past emotional manipulation, which fueled some of the content of her previous work. 

Bridgers’ style is defined by her stream of consciousness lyricism, making it seem as if Bridgers is reading to us the most intimate portions of a personal diary, laid bare for all to see. Her chorus backed guitars give off the feeling of a warped cassette left to bake in the sun. Her latest release, in the words of the artists, is not reimagining her sound and is based on feelings of nostalgia, looking back, and reliving the mundane in a way that feels organic and truthful. 

Listen to the new album, Punisher, below.


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