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Phoebe Bridgers wrote her first song at age 11, spent her adolescence at open mic nights, and busked through her teenage years at farmers markets in her native Los Angeles. By age 20, she'd caught the ear of Ryan Adams, who listened to her perform her song "Killer" in his L.A. studio, inviting her to come back and record it there the next day. The session blossomed into the three-song ‘Killer’ EP, released to much acclaim on Adams’s Pax-Am label in 2015. In the two short years since, Bridgers has toured or played with Conor Oberst, Julien Baker, City and Colour, Violent Femmes, Mitski, Television and Blake Babies among others. On September 22nd, Phoebe Bridgers will release her debut full-length, Stranger In The Alps. From the weeping strings and Twin Peaks twangs of opening track Smoke Signals, to the simple heartbreak of Funeral and melancholic crescendo of Scott Street, Stranger in the Alps is a swooningly beautiful record with a gothic heart.
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It's a bunch of sad songs, sure, but listening to it isn't going to make you feel sad. It will rather be a catharsis where the beauty within lifts you out and up; you'll feel happier as you escape inside the light contrasted by the darkness Phoebe paints. Those harmonies and soft haunting voice will fix everything.
There's a vocal cameo from Conor Oberst from Bright Eyes in track 9 "Would You Rather." - I would be dishonest to say I wasn't a little disappointed in the first moments I heard it, because I had heard about it and was looking forward to it... Conor Oberst singing along with Phoebe Bridgers! He first sings in a practically-spoken way "I'm a can on a string, you're on the end" - (We found our way out) - "Of a suicide pact of our family and friends." But, honestly, even shortly thereafter, and by the end of the song, everything is made right, he sings a true duet with her. "Next time I see you, you'll show me a hundred different ways to say the same things." The more I hear it, the more I can handle it, and I have soon grown to love all of it.
I had the opportunity to hear Phoebe on tour with Conor Oberst and she was amazing, powerful, and haunting live, but the album has a richness added to it. Everything has so much texture - it's spooky, sad, happy, eager, all at the same time. - In actual real life, sadly, Phoebe can't harmonize with herself. But that's why you're buying this album, because being able to experience listening to every single song here is worth every penny. Enjoy a great purchase!