‘Sad music can act as a mood stabiliser, an emotional support and with us being emotionally-invested and soul-searching lyrics, there is no better artist to do that than Phoebe Bridgers’
‘Stranger In The Alps’ has been admired by some of the best in the business by the likes of; Matty Healy, Conor Oberst and Julien Baker singing high praise for the singer songwriter from L.A.
‘Stranger in the Alp’s takes you on an emotional, topsy-turvy journey with Phoebe Bridgers and how we can view ourselves and come into contact with others. In short, it’s an album for the millennial written by a millennial looking at the more sensitive topics we stumble across in the 21st century.
The opening track ‘Smoke Signals’ kicks off the album and sets the tone by paying respect to both Lemmy and Bowie with a daunting bass guitar sound setting the scene. It is followed up by the fan favourite, ‘Motion Sickness’ which delves into the relationship between her and former abusive partner/singer-songwriter Ryan Adams and instantly allows you to form a strong connection with Phoebe due to her emotionally gripping lyrics and the will for her to be happy.
Next up is ‘Funeral’ with some once again, incredible vocals, dwindling on her friend overdosing, you can feel the lump in her throat and the story she is trying to tell, highlighting that she just might be one of a few who can tell stories in such a way and capture people’s hearts.
One of my personal favourites, ‘Scott Street’ visits an old lover, bringing up personal subjects that only her and her former lover can relate too. The end of the song is set with violins, a door bell, sound of a train and lovely vocals of ‘anyway, don’t be a stranger’, highlighting once again how Phoebe can pluck a few heartstrings. If you are invested enough to have a listen to the deluxe edition on Spotify, you will find an excellent Tom Petty cover of ‘It’ll all work out’ which showcases Phoebe’s ability capture your heart in the most delicate of ways, just hold back the tears.
Overall, after just one album she has solidified herself as a brilliant songwriter who can capture the hearts of her listeners. It has been proven that sad music can act as a mood stabiliser, an emotional support and with us being emotionally-invested and soul-searching lyrics. Well, look no further because there is no better artist to do that than Phoebe Bridgers.
With 2020 not being the most positive year, Phoebe Bridgers has emerged from the shadows, featuring numerous times on The 1975’s number one album ‘Notes On A Conditional Form’ with ‘Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless America’ and having a heavy influence on ‘‘Roadkill’, she will be supporting them at their Finsbury Park gig in 2021 where I am sure she will unexpectedly break a few hearts. Phoebe has also announced her sophomore solo album: Punisher is out June 19 via Dead Oceans
Words: Ryan Cooper