Phoebe Bridgers Vinyl, CD & tapes by Phoebe Bridgers at Norman Records
Since debuting on Dead Oceans in 2017 with her LP ‘Stranger In The Alps’ the Californian singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers has quickly become a big-hitter in indie-rock, growing in stature to the point where her follow-up LP ‘Punisher’ (2020) debuted in the top 10 of the UK album charts - when was the last time you can remember a singer-songwriter (not Ed Sheeran) doing that?
Mind you, Bridgers kept plenty busy in the years between those records. For one thing, she formed boygenius with Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus, an alliance which contained so much top-quality songwriting ability that it really just didn't seem fair on the competition. The same thing can be said of ‘Better Oblivion Community Center’, the 2019 album she wrote alongside Conor Oberst.
This rate of productivity is commendable in and of itself, but what is even more impressive is how consistent Bridgers's output has been. Her style is a warm brand of emo-rock at once widescreen and intimate in a manner which recalls the very best of Death Cab for Cutie. At points she moves a bit more into groovy indie/grunge territory, and ‘Punisher’ also displays some folksy flicks and tricks which wouldn't sound out of place on an early Arcade Fire album.
Similar to Phoebe Bridgers: Big Thief, Lucy Dacus, Soccer Mommy, Julia Jacklin, Julien Baker, Japanese Breakfast, Snail Mail, Faye Webster, Angelo De Augustine, The Beths, Better Oblivion Community Center, Caroline Rose
Stranger In The Alps
Better Oblivion Community Center
Little Trouble / Sleepwalkin' (Daydreamin' Version)