Even over the murmur of the crowd, Phoebe Bridgers’ voice flew over the space painting the room in somber tones. Her intimate lyrics offer a glimpse into her personal anxieties and traumatic experiences, putting listeners in a place to perhaps better evaluate at their own. Sometimes it feels good to be sad–Phoebe Bridgers’ music takes full advantage of this. She’ll make you feel so sad you’ll start to feel good.
Opening for Phoebe Bridgers was Brooklyn-via-Nashville bedroom pop act Soccer Mommy (aka Sophie Allison) who provided a lovely warmup for the sad songs to come. Soccer Mommy commanded her own unique melancholy, singing sad anecdotal lyrics with a hint of bubble-gum punk.
Phoebe Bridgers is going places, no doubt. She recently opened up for Bon Iver at a few of his London shows, even sharing the stage for his eponymous hit “Flume.” But even for all her skyward momentum, she’s an artist that won’t turn away from her roots and the songwriting traditions she’s been building upon. Bridgers ended the night with a cover of Mark Kozelek’s (Sun Kil Moon, Red House Painters) “You Missed My Heart” (also the last song on her album). Her hauntingly beautiful voice and Kozelek’s heartbreaking lyrics are a dreamy pair, and listening in the crowd, I had a hard time keeping it together.
If you haven’t yet heard it, do yourself a favor and pour yourself some wine or hot tea, turn out the lights, find a comfy seat, put on Phoebe Bridgers’ Stranger in the Alps and get ready for a good cry.