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 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

motion sickness is a gem yeah

In a slipshod style (Ross), Monday, 27 November 2017 08:30 (one month ago) Permalink

just listened to Motion Sickness 20 times in a row lol

alpine static, Saturday, 2 December 2017 00:41 (one month ago) Permalink

oh my god... motion sickness...

flappy bird, Wednesday, 6 December 2017 01:48 (one month ago) Permalink

lol otm

alpine static, Wednesday, 6 December 2017 07:26 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

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 weeks ago) Permalink

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 weeks ago) Permalink

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 weeks ago) Permalink

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 weeks ago) Permalink

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

the pinefox, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 16:03 (two weeks ago) Permalink

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 (one week ago) Permalink

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 (one week ago) Permalink

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 (six days ago) Permalink

it's so fuckin' good, man

alpine static, Friday, 12 January 2018 04:23 (six days ago) Permalink

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 (six days ago) Permalink

oh my god

https://youtu.be/H37WARFESUE

alpine static, Friday, 12 January 2018 04:41 (six days ago) Permalink


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