Since the release of her remarkable debut album Stranger in the Alps, Phoebe Bridgers has kept herself busy with significant collaborative projects. First, in 2018 she partnered up with Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus to create a beautiful harmonious EP under the name of boygenius. Then, she reunited with old-friend Conor Oberst to form rock duo Better Oblivion Community Center, who dropped a surprise in 2019, a deep and poetic eponymous album. Nearly three years since her last solo release, today Phoebe Bridgers shows us a glimpse into her upcoming project.
“Garden Song” arrives as the single of Phoebe Bridgers’ anticipated second album, building on themes of nostalgia and lost time. Haunting, breathy singing is accompanied by bluegrass style guitar, emitting a powerful soft melody. Her narrating abilities really shine through in the reflective ballad (“The doctor put her hands over my liver/She told me my resentment’s getting smaller”), perhaps unsurprising to those familiar with Bridger’s songwriting.
Directed by Jackson Bridgers, Phoebe’s brother, the video is simple yet absorbing. Alone in her bedroom, Phoebe takes a bong hit which propels her into a series of surprises with strange characters and relucent lights joining her. The song’s tension building is matched by the weird esoteric character of the video. At the time of filming Phoebe was unaware of how things would unfold. All she knew was that her brother had a bunch of surprises prepared for her once she hit the bong. Bridger’s friend and comedian Tig Notaro also appears in the video, mostly sitting in the background while dressed as a monk.
Check out Phoebe Bridgers’ “Garden Song” below
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