phoebe bridgers Stranger In the Alps (CD, £8.25)label: Dead Oceans
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 LA 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. Now Phoebe Bridgers releases her debut full-length. 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. ‘Stranger In The Alps’ features guest vocals by Conor Oberst and John Doe. Previous tours with Conor Oberst, Ryan Adams and Julien Baker. CD includes extra track. “2017’s best new artist might just be Phoebe Bridgers” - NPR.
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