I could listen to Phoebe Bridgers all day, every day. Anyone who knows me knows this. Anyone who stays at my house grows tired of my shower rendition of Motion Sickness. The authenticity of Bridgers’ songwriting, and of Bridgers as a person, is undeniable. And after a long wait, we are finally being treated to the 25 year old’s first solo release in almost three years.
Since releasing her debut album Stranger in the Alps in 2017, Bridgers has lent her distinct vocals to other artists, like Lord Huron, Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker, recently jumped on stage with Mandy Moore, and has worked on many collaborative projects, such as Better Oblivion Community Center with Cono Oberst in 2019. And now, we have been gifted a new song and video.
Garden Song is in keeping with Bridgers’ previous work, showcasing her talent for writing and performing humane, honest, mindful songs. Quite the opening to 2020, the year in which Bridgers is due to release her second album, Garden Song is full of secrets and memories; brimming with sorrow, reflection and longing.
And the trippy video? Simple to make (when matched with some of the high-budget videos artists release today) but highly effective, fun, and excels in showcasing Bridgers’ lovable personality and the vibe of the song. Directed by her brother Jackson, the video sees the young singer smoking a bong as fuzzy monsters and other guests make appearances in the hazy bedroom.
One thing’s for sure – Phoebe Bridgers is the queen of storytelling imbued with melancholy. More songs soon please.