Editor’s Pick – Phoebe Bridgers

The LA singer-songwriter with a delicate voice and thousand-pound lyrics gets a light assist from Conor Oberst and John Doe; Her debut may have the best song of the year…

Phoebe Bridgers photo by Frank Ockenfels

Phoebe Bridgers photo by Frank Ockenfels

By Paul Marszalek

It takes only a single listen to the first two songs on Phoebe Bridgers’ debut album to understand the potential.

The lead-off track, Smoke Signals, is absolutely one of the finest songs of the year — in a year of very fine songs.

Bridgers’ vocal is dead centered, supported by an atmospheric arrangement from veteran Tony Berg (Michael Penn, Edie Brickell et al.) and Ethan Gruska — one half of the fantastic The Belle Brigade. It’s a wistful song about a couple, complete with references to their soundtrack – Motorhead, Bowie, and the Smiths. While the tempo might make radio nervous, smart programmers will find a way.

Motion Sickness plugs things in and rocks out; offering a much better shot for regular radio airplay. The 22,000 Shazam hits and 250,000 views on YouTube suggest people are noticing.

Bridgers launches a headline tour in February.

12/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room (Sold Out)
02/03 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
02/05 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
02/06 – Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole
02/08 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links
02/09 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Upstairs
02/10 – Austin, TX @ Antone’s
02/12 – Birmingham, AL @ Syndicate Lounge
02/15 – Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5
02/16 – Asheville, GA @ The Mothlight
02/17 – Raleigh, NC @ King’s
02/20 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
02/21 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Downstairs
02/23 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
02/24 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
02/25 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground

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