PHOEBE BRIDGERS – ” Smoke Signals “

Posted: January 14, 2017 in MUSIC
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You can learn a lot about Phoebe Bridgers’ sound by her associations. Ryan Adams produced and released her 2015 debut EP Killer, and she’s opening for Conor Oberst on a European tour this winter. Perhaps most pertinently, she also played some shows with Julien Baker, with whom she shares the ability to elicit maximum power from minimal balladry. Bridgers, who is just 22 years old, has a new single  and it will stop your heart.

Bridgers wrote “Smoke Signals” in a cabin outside Ketchum, Idaho, last spring. It finds her somberly emoting against a backdrop of guitar chords and orchestral swells. Sometimes her words are poetic: “I wanna live at a Holiday Inn where somebody else makes the bed/ We’ll watch TV while the lights on the street put all the stars to death.” Other times she’s more straightforward but just as powerful: “All of our problems, I’m gonna solve them/ With you riding shotgun, speeding ’cause fuck the cops.” References to Bowie, the Smiths, and Motörhead might capture your attention, but the recurring image of trash burning on the beach is what will linger with you

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