If you were sleeping on Los Angeles singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers, it’s time to wake up. Her new song is just what you need.
The new song is called “Funeral” and it’s as touching as you would expect. “I’m singing at a funeral tomorrow for a kid a year older than me,” Bridgers begins. It’s an excellent and haunting acoustic folk song about grief that will have you reaching for the Kleenex. The song reminds me a bit of a stripped-down Joshua Radin. Give it a listen below:
I first caught Phoebe Bridgers as one of the openers for Julien Baker last year at the El Rey and was immediately floored. She had the room in dead silence and all in their feels. Seeing her and Julien Baker back-to-back was like watching two movies in a row that make you ugly cry.
In general, Bridgers evokes the same feeling I get when I listen to Elliott Smith, Julien Baker, and early Ryan Adams. Her debut record Strangers In The Alps arrives on September 22 (via Dead Oceans) and is sure to land among the year’s best.
Los Angeles fans will get a couple chances to see Phoebe Bridgers live in the coming months. She’s support for The War On Drugs at the Greek Theatre on October 5, and support for Noah Gundersen at the El Rey on November 8. Stay tuned, we’ll be giving away tickets to that El Rey gig!