Phoebe Bridgers’ new album ‘Punisher’ reads like an open book
'Punisher' - Phoebe Bridgers
Phoebe Bridgers has shared her brand new album Punisher and it’s an instant win for all of her fans. The record hard-hitting, cuttingly personal collection of deeply evocative sounds and you can stream it below.
Bridgers had previously set the album’s release date as today but moved it forward one day in order to gain some further exposure for racial justice organisations. “I’m not pushing the record until things go back to ‘normal’ because I don’t think they should,” Bridgers said. “Here it is a little early. Abolish the police. Hope you like it.”
The singer-songwriter has been determined in her output of recent years, despite being one of the most coveted indie acts around. As well as working with Conor Oberst, Bridgers joined The 1975 for their song ‘Girls’ making her one of the brightest names in music right now. But really, that all means nothing if your own album is below average.
Luckily, Bridgers has very little to worry about in that regard. The new record is simply wonderful in almost every aspect. Aside from being stylistically quite samey, the album is imbued with not only the power and strength Bridgers’ delicate vocal often belies but it’s flecked with the genuine blood, sweat and tears of its creator.
The album’s singles are clearly marked, ‘I See You’ is a deeply personal track. “It’s about my breakup with my drummer,” says Bridgers. “We dated for a few years, made music every day, and were extremely codependent.
“We became like family to each other, so our breakup was extremely tough. But if this tells you anything about our relationship, we wrote this song together, just like everything else.” It’s just one of many open passages of Bridgers’ life which she is happy to read for us all.
Another standout single is ‘Kyoto’. It is an undoubted alt-pop masterclass, pumping with the passion and promise, it’s one of the more expansive tracks on the record and shows Bridgers is capable of walking the tight rope of commercial and credible without a second thought. Honest and reflective, ‘GardenSong’ is another shining example of Bridgers talent, as it champions moments of crystalline humanity over grandiose statements.
That’s the most impressive thing about this record. Bridgers is a vocal member of society, using her position to try and amplify the injustices around her. Being so vocal could leave you thinking there wasn’t much more to discover about the artist but you’d be so incredibly wrong.
Punisher shows that despite having written songs since the age of eleven we’ve only just scratched the surface of who Bridgers truly is, and perhaps more excitingly, the talent she possesses.