Phoebe Bridgers

Don't let the somber tone of her music fool you: the Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers has a sunny disposition.

"I'd hate for someone to think I'm sipping an espresso somewhere judging people or feeling sorry for myself. OK, I definitely do that once in a while, but I don't consider myself an intense person."

Bridgers grew up in the rose-colored city of Pasadena, attending the prestigious Los Angeles County High School for the Arts to study music. From an early age, she found encouragement from a close-knit artistic community of friends and family to follow her dreams, and at school she forged relationships that would teach her as much about her craft as her classes.

"I think most of my musical education had to do with being around a ton of teenagers who listened to music all the time," she says. "At school I had classical training for my voice, but I think being surrounded by people who were really enthusiastic about art and going to concerts all the time was the real education."

"I met Carla Azar of Autolux - and she showed me Elliott Smith for the first time, which was my first personal connection to music that one of my parents hadn't showed me," she says. "It seemed so different from anything I'd listened to before. It is so personal, so intense." Bridgers' work would be heavily influenced by Smith's sparse lyrics and subdued emotional style, in addition to that of her other favored singer-songwriters like Joni Mitchell, Tom Waits, and Leonard Cohen.

"Los Angeles is interwoven into my music inherently," she says. "I don't necessarily try to reference it, but because I'm pulling from experience it just appears. A lot of shit goes down wherever you may grow up." After graduating from high school, Bridgers spent a year gigging around the city, playing as often as she could, making mistakes and learning while on her feet. "I've always been very appreciative of the LA thing," she says.

But of course the truth is that the unique ingredient at play, the calling card that has drawn all this interest and intrigue, is simply Bridgers' music itself. Her powerful, lilting voice and her haunting, introspective songs light the torch that shows the way, and are what have inspired artists like Ryan Adams to produce her 2015 single, or Julien Baker to bring her on tour in 2016, as well as John Doe and Conor Oberst to sing with her on her debut album. There is a delicate balance to her work, a dance between veiled narratives and earnest emotions, between whispers and shouts. And according to Bridgers, everything you hear has arrived by feeling; her music is what comes when she is at her most honest, without specific intention, and she aims to be in her songs the person she is in the world.

Stranger in the Alps opens with the one-two punch of "Smoke Signals" and "Motion Sickness," a pair of songs that highlight Bridgers' abilities. The former, a gorgeous, ethereal tune guided by sparse electric guitar and sweeping strings, toes the line between weary and wistful, using specific anecdotes from its singer to tell its tale. The style highlights the strengths of Bridgers' unique lyric writing perspective: there are overt references to lost idols, canonical pop songs and actual incidents, but her stories unfold through specific, evocative imagery sung in her subtle, confessional style. The latter is perhaps the most upbeat moment on the album and was written on her baritone guitar and discusses a problematic relationship from her past. "I feel like I'm getting more focused when I write," she says. "My songs are super personal."

"Scott Street" is a song inspired by East Los Angeles where Bridgers now lives. "Killer" is a song originally appearing on her Adams-produced single but is re-recorded here by the album's producer, Tony Berg, with John Doe singing alongside Bridgers. That song in particular inspired her to be more honest in her approach. "I wanted to be more genuine with my lyrics, and to me that meant being self-deprecating or a little more self-aware, and not using words that just sounded pretty," she says. "I had an epiphany that I can be honest with myself and with other people when I'm writing."

Elsewhere, Conor Oberst joins her for the duet "Would You Rather," a singer chosen for his unmistakable voice. A Mark Kozelek cover, "You Missed My Heart," ends the album. As with any singer's debut, the songs here comprise a wide swath of Bridgers' life, dating from the oldest, "Georgia," which she calls the most different-sounding on the LP, to the opening pair, which were written after the recording process had already begun. Berg and co-producer Ethan Gruska worked with Bridgers to record in on-and-off stretches in between tours over 2016 at Berg's studio in Brentwood. Phoebe went into the studio with the majority of the material written, however "Smoke Signals" and "Motion Sickness" were written in a cabin in Idaho, while Bridgers was waiting for a tour to begin. The pair were the last songs written for the LP.

"I wasn't trying to be too lo-fi, too hi-fi, too self-serious, too disingenuous…I feel pretty confident that I'm finding my voice," she says. "I wanted the album to completely represent who I am and these songs are representative of what I set out to do."

Phoebe Bridgers’ Debut, ‘Stranger In The Alps,’ Out Today

To say Phoebe Bridgers doesn’t mince words almost feels like a disservice. True, she does cut to the core of the matter with an enviable economy of words. But to state it as such belies the emotional resonance and dedicated intention behind her lyrics. You’d be hard pressed to hear any track on her debut album, Stranger In The Alps, without feeling something.

At once personal and universal, the ten tracks that comprise the album run the gambit of emotion – a technicolor punch in the gut, a hand reaching through white-crested peaks. We don’t want to speak for you, but we’ll bet that as soon as you finish listening you’ll feel compelled to simply start the record over.

Give it a spin now, trust us.

Purchase Stranger In The Alps:
https://phoebebridgers.lnk.to/strangerinthealps

Phoebe Bridgers Tour Dates
Oct. 4 Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
Oct. 5 Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre**
Oct. 6 Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre**
Oct. 9 Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre**
Oct. 10 Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre**
Oct. 11 Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall**
Oct. 18 Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
Oct. 19 Glasgow, SCT @ Broadcast
Oct. 28 London, UK @ Oslo Hackney (London Mirrors)
Nov. 2 Houston, TX @ The Heights Theater#
Nov. 3 Dallas, TX @ The Kessler Theater#
Nov. 4 Austin, TX @ Barracuda#
Nov. 6 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom#
Nov. 8 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre#
Nov. 9 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall#
Nov. 10 Eugene, OR @ Hi-Fi Music Hall#
Nov. 11 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom#
Nov. 12 Vancouver, BC @ BCImperial#
Nov. 17 Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theater#
* supporting Conor Oberst
** supporting War On Drugs
# supporting Noah Gundersen

Phoebe Bridgers Premieres New Song “Funeral” Via Zane Lowe’s Beats1 Show

Stream and/or Download “Funeral”
http://phoebebridgers.lnk.to/Funeral

It starts with a jagged, reverberated guitar line. It sounds like being underwater, deep underwater where light can barely cut through. Or maybe it’s more like strong winds blowing through a row of creaking trees at night. Whatever it recalls for you, it’s a fitting introduction to Phoebe Bridgers’ new song, “Funeral.”

Blunt, direct, and true blue through and through “Funeral” pulls on details big and small. It’s an utterly stunning, poignant track about loneliness, loss, and living through it.

Premiering via Zane Lowe’s Beats1 show earlier today, this is the third preview song from Bridgers’ forthcoming debut Stranger In The Alps, which is due on September 22nd. It’s available for pre-order, with all three singles (“Smoke Signals” & “Motion Sickness” being the others) coming as instant grat downloads with purchase.

Pre-order Stranger In The Alps
https://phoebebridgers.lnk.to/strangerinthealps

Bridgers, who is currently on the road with Conor Oberst, recently announced a handful of early October shows in support of War On Drugs along the west coast that will follow her October 4th headline show at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn, NY. She is also confirmed to support Noah Gundersen throughout the southwest and west coast in November. A current itinerary is below.

Phoebe Bridgers Tour Dates
Sept. 13 Toronto, ONT @ Danforth Music Hall*
Sept. 14 Buffalo, NY @ Asbury Hall at Babeville*
Sept. 15 Pittsburgh, PA @ Carnegie Music Hall*
Sept. 16 Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre*
Sept. 17 Bloomington, IL @ Castle Theatre*
Oct. 4 Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
Oct. 5 Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre**
Oct. 6 Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre**
Oct. 9 Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre**
Oct. 10 Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre**
Oct. 11 Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall**
Oct. 18 Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
Oct. 19 Glasgow, SCT @ Broadcast
Oct. 28 London, UK @ Oslo Hackney (London Mirrors)
Nov. 2 Houston, TX @ The Heights Theater#
Nov. 3 Dallas, TX @ The Kessler Theater#
Nov. 4 Austin, TX @ Barracuda#
Nov. 6 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom#
Nov. 8 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre#
Nov. 9 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall#
Nov. 10 Eugene, OR @ Hi-Fi Music Hall#
Nov. 11 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom#
Nov. 12 Vancouver, BC @ BCImperial#
Nov. 17 Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theater#
* supporting Conor Oberst
** supporting War On Drugs
# supporting Noah Gundersen

Phoebe Bridgers Shares “Motion Sickeness” Video

Phoebe Bridgers has had the plan for this fantastic clip lined up for quite some time. “I’ve had the idea for this video since before recording ‘Motion Sickness’,” says Bridgers. “Probably inspired by my brother Jackson signing ‘Down With the Sickness; to me in karaoke with 100% commitment in an orange jumpsuit.”

The Justin Mitchell-directed video for the latest single off her forthcoming debut album, Stranger In The Alps, might not have an orange jumpsuit – but it definitely has karaoke. Watch it above now.

The song – which has earned praise from outlets including NPR Music (“…hers already feels like an indispensable voice”), Stereogum (“an aching betrayal”), NME, Brooklyn Vegan, Under The Radar, and The Line Of Best Fit, among many others – is available as a digital single as well as an instant grat download with pre-order of Stranger In The Alps, which will be released on September 22, 2017.

Following a September tour supporting Conor Oberst, Bridgers will headline a show at Highland Park Ebell in her hometown of Los Angeles, CA on September 21st as well as at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn, NY on October 4th. She’ll then head overseas to the UK before returning home for a November tour with Noah Gundersen. A full list of dates is below.

Pre-order Stranger In The Alps now:
https://PhoebeBridgers.lnk.to/strangerinthealpsBl

Phoebe Bridgers Tour Dates:
Sept. 1 Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo*
Sept. 3 Portland, OR @ Oregon Zoo Aphitheatre
Sept. 5 Billings, MT @ Pub Station Ballroom*
Sept. 7 St. Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre*
Sept. 8 Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theatre*
Sept. 9 Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre*
Sept. 10 Kalamazoo, MI @ State Theatre*
Sept. 12 Ithaca, NY @ State Theatre*
Sept. 13 Toronto, ONT @ Danforth Music Hall*
Sept. 14 Buffalo, NY @ Asbury Hall at Babeville*
Sept. 15 Pittsburgh, PA @ Carnegie Music Hall*
Sept. 16 Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre*
Sept. 17 Bloomington, IL @ Castle Theatre*
Sept. 21 Los Angeles, CA @Highland Park Ebell
Oct. 4 Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
Oct. 28 London, UK @ Oslo Hackney (London Mirrors)
Nov. 2 Houston, TX @ The Heights Theater#
Nov. 3 Dallas, TX @ The Kessler Theater#
Nov. 4 Austin, TX @ Barracuda#
Nov. 6 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom#
Nov. 8 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre#
Nov. 9 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall#
Nov. 10 Eugene, OR @ Hi-Fi Music Hall#
Nov. 11 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom#
Nov. 12 Vancouver, BC @ BCImperial#
Nov. 17 Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theater#

* supporting Conor Oberst
# supporting Noah Gundersen

Phoebe Bridgers Announces Debut Album ‘Stranger In The Alps’ – Out September 22nd

We are delighted to announce that Phoebe Bridgers will release her debut album Stranger In The Alps on September 22, 2017. The first cut, “Motion Sickness” can be heard via a lyric video – directed by her brother, Jackson Bridgers – now above. “Motion Sickness” follows Bridgers’ early 2017 single “Smoke Signals,” which will also be featured on Stranger In The Alps and is available as an instant grat download with pre-order of the album.

Produced by Tony Berg and Ethan Gruska, the ten haunting and introspective songs on Stranger In The Alps further introduces the 22-year-old Bridgers as a singular voice. There is a delicate balance to her work, a dance between veiled narratives and earnest emotions, between whispers and shouts. Throughout the album, Bridgers contemplates and reflects on personal experiences through her unique lyric writing perspective: there are overt references to lost idols, canonical pop songs and actual incidents, but her stories unfold through specific, evocative imagery sung in her subtle, confessional style. And according to Bridgers, everything you hear has arrived by feeling; her music is what comes when she is at her most honest, without specific intention, and she aims to be in her songs the person she is in the world.

“I wasn’t trying to be too lo-fi, too hi-fi, too self-serious, too disingenuous…I feel pretty confident that I’m finding my voice,” says Bridgers. “I wanted the album to completely represent who I am and these songs are representative of what I set out to do.”

Stranger In The Alps follows Bridgers’ 2015 three-song single “Killer,” produced by Ryan Adams in his L.A. studio and released on Adams’ Pax-Am label. Since early 2016, she’s toured with Julien Baker, Conor Oberst (who also guests on Stranger In The Alps track “Would You Rather”), and Adams, among others.

Bridgers will head back on tour next month with a one-off show supporting Cat Power (solo) at Pioneer Park in Salt Lake City, UT on August 17th, before joining up with Conor Oberst again in September. Bridgers is also confirmed to support Noah Gundersen this November. A full list of tour dates is at the bottom of this post.

Pre-order Stranger In The Alps:
https://PhoebeBridgers.lnk.to/strangerinthealps


Stranger In The Alps track listing:
1. Smoke Signals
2. Motion Sickness
3. Funeral
4. Demi Moore
5. Scott Street
6. Killer
7. Georgia
8. Chelsea
9. Would You Rather
10. You Missed My Heart
11. Smoke Signals (Reprise)


Phoebe Bridgers tour dates:
Aug. 17 Salt Lake City, UT @ Pioneer Park (Twilight Concert Series)*
Sept. 1 Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo**
Sept. 3 Portland, OR @ Oregon Zoo Aphitheatre
Sept. 5 Billings, MT @ Pub Station Ballroom**
Sept. 7 St. Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre**
Sept. 8 Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theatre**
Sept. 9 Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre**
Sept. 10 Kalamazoo, MI @ State Theatre**
Sept. 12 Ithaca, NY @ State Theatre**
Sept. 13 Toronto, ONT @ Danforth Music Hall**
Sept. 14 Buffalo, NY @ Asbury Hall at Babeville**
Sept. 15 Pittsburgh, PA @ Carnegie Music Hall**
Sept. 16 Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre**
Sept. 17 Bloomington, IL @ Castle Theatre**
Nov. 2 Houston, TX @ The Heights Theater#
Nov. 3 Dallas, TX @ The Kessler Theater#
Nov. 4 Austin, TX @ Barracuda#
Nov. 6 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom#
Nov. 8 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre#
Nov. 9 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall#
Nov. 10 Eugene, OR @ Hi-Fi Music Hall#
Nov. 11 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom#
Nov. 12 Vancouver, BC @ BCImperial#
Nov. 17 Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theater#
* supporting Cat Power
** supporting Conor Oberst
# supporting Noah Gundersen

tour dates

10/19/17

Glasgow, UK - Broadcast

10/20/17

London, UK - Kamio

10/23/17

Köln, DE - Blue Shell   w/ Japanese Breakfast

10/24/17

Hamburg, DE - Häkken   w/ Japanese Breakfast

10/25/17

Endhoven, NL - Broadcast

10/27/17

Brighton, UK - Unitarian Church

10/27/17

Birghton, UK - Unitarian Church
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video

Motion Sickness
by Phoebe Bridgers