Phoebe Bridgers doesn’t write love songs as much as songs about the impact love can have on our lives, personalities, and priorities. Punisher, her fourth release and second solo album, is concerned with that subject. To say she writes about heartbreak is to undersell her blue wisdom, to say she writes about pain erases all the strange joy her music emanates. The arrival of Punisher cements Phoebe Bridgers as one of the most clever, tender and prolific songwriters of our era.
Bridgers released Stranger In The Alps, her 2017 debut album, as a relatively unknown singer-songwriter living in Los Angeles. A little over two years later, she’s become an internationally recognized musician with three acclaimed bodies of work to her name: her solo debut, the boygenius EP, a collaboration with Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus, and Better Oblivion Community Center, a new band release with Conor Oberst in 2019.
Bridgers is the rare artist with enough humor to deconstruct her own meteoric rise. Repeatedly praised by publications like The New Yorker, The New York Times, GQ, Pitchfork, The Fader, The Los Angeles Times and countless others, Bridgers herself is more interested in discussing topics on Twitter, deadpanning meditations on the humiliating process of being a person, she presents a sweetly funny flipside to her strikingly sad songs.
Most recently, Bridgers secured four Grammy nominations including Best New Artist, Best Alternative Music Album, and Best Rock Performance. She made her debut on Saturday Night Live in February with breathtaking performances of "Kyoto" and "I Know the End."