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Phoebe Bridgers will return with her new album “Punisher”, which will be released on June 19th via Dead Oceans. She’s already shared both “Kyoto” and “Garden Song” from the album and now she’s most recently returned with third single, “I See You.”

Originally entitled “ICU,” the song’s spelling was changed to “I See You” and is actually about her break-up from her drummer Marshall Vore, who she co-wrote the song with. It’s a sprawling take on the sound that Bridgers created on her debut, with a more expansive reach than before, but it doesn’t stray too far from the sound that listeners fell in love with.

Says Bridgers of “I See You”: It’s about my breakup with my drummer. We dated for a few years, made music every day, and were extremely codependent. We became like family to each other, so our breakup was extremely tough. But if this tells you anything about our relationship, we wrote this song together, just like everything else.”
She’s also creatively launched her “Phoebe Bridgers World Tour” which will see her live stream from places in her house, such as her kitchen, bathroom and bed.

Punisher is her sophomore album, the follow-up to her acclaimed debut album, Stranger in the Alps, released in September 2017 via Dead Oceans. For Punisher she reteamed with Stranger in the Alps’ producers/collaborators Tony Berg and Ethan Gruska, although this time Bridgers co-produced the album with them. Mike Mogis mixed the album, as he did with her debut.

Bridgers is releasing a new album, Punisher, on June 19th the next track she has shared “I See You,” via a lyric video featuring hand shadow puppets. She has also announced “Phoebe Bridgers’ World, Tour,” which is really Bridgers doing live streamed concerts from different rooms in her house, each in conjunction with a different media outlet.

“I See You” by Phoebe Bridgers from her upcoming record ‘Punisher,’ out June 19th on Dead Oceans.

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Everything Phoebe Bridgers does makes us fall more and more in love with her, and ‘Kyoto’ is no exception. Double points for the green screen clip which was plan B after Bridgers‘ trip to Japan was cancelled due to the global pandemic. ‘Kyoto’ also comes with the announcement that there is a new album on the way out in June, so watch this space for more Phoebe on the way!

Says Bridgers of the track:

This song is about impostor syndrome. About being in Japan for the first time, somewhere I’ve always wanted to go, and playing my music to people who want to hear it, feeling like I’m living someone else’s life. I dissociate when bad things happen to me, but also when good things happen. It can feel like I’m performing what I think I’m supposed to be like. I wrote this one as a ballad first, but at that point I was so sick of recording slow songs, it turned into this.

Today’s news also saw her release the album’s next single “Kyoto,” which Bridgers wrote following her first trip to Japan in February 2019. The track has an upbeat feel to it that captures the sound that she and Oberst formed on their collabrative album as Better Oblivion Community Center. With some well placed horns and her now-signature vocals, the song soars and hits an emotional arc like all of her best material always does.

The music video for “Kyoto” was shot on a green screen, after her plans to shoot it in Japan in March 2020 were un-derstandbly cancelled.

“Kyoto,” the new song by Phoebe Bridgers from ‘Punisher’ out June 19th on Dead Oceans.

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Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberstunveiled their video for “Dylan Thomas,” the lead single off Better Oblivion Community Center’s self-titled debut, surprise-released last week and set for a physical release on February. 22nd via Dead Oceans.

Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst come from the same musical orbit. One could even argue, the two songwriters—age 24 and 38 respectively—are like long-lost musical siblings. Though at vastly different points in their careers, both musicians know how to crush and revive listeners with inspired woe, romantic poignancy and their instantly recognizable, consoling pipes. The stars aligned just in time for Bridgers and Oberst to write, record and surprise-drop a haunting new album together for a brand new project: Better Oblivion Community Center—which really is their band name and not actually the name of a utopian old folks home. Better Oblivion Community Center is an unsurprisingly tender, affecting excursion. Its largely upbeat instrumentation ebbs and flows with understated folky strums and scintillating keyboards, and the occasional ray of buoyant rock ’n’ roll peeks out just when you need some lighthearted relief from their lyrics. Though many male-female vocal duos lean heavily on duets, this pair elected to skirt that norm by singing mostly in unison and in harmony rather than engaging in the sometimes cheesy call and response.

The Michelle Zauner-directed video finds Bridgers and Oberst showing up to a gig at a swanky establishment—the Better Oblivion Community Center itself—only to find they’ve been booked to perform at what looks like a very genial cult meet-up taking place inside David Lynch’s brain. The musicians and their cultist audience wear blindfolds and VR goggles interchangeably, playing eyeball bingo and doing trust falls, until Bridgers and Oberst come face-to-face with the smirking observer who would appear to be the author of all this oddity. The video ends with the duo doing the only reasonable thing: fleeing the Better Oblivion Community Center .

Much of the record could still loosely fall into the folk camp, but there are moments that you wouldn’t expect from Oberst and Bridgers. The throbbing electro keyboards of “Exception to the Rule,” the fuzzy rock surge at the end of “Big Black Heart” and the psychedelic guitar swells on “My City” all represent a venture into new frontiers

PHOEBE BRIDGERS  &  CONOR OBERST  - PHOTO BY NIK FREITAS

Better Oblivion Community Center is pleased to share with you a commercial for our cherished center directed by ranking Community Center member Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast.

As promised, in the coming months Better Oblivion Community Center will hold meetings across the US and Europe. We welcome you to experience a healing sound bath – live in concert.

  • 10th-May  Bristol – Academy 11th-May London – Shepherd’s Bush Empire 12th-May Manchester – Ritz

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If music were a recipe, Bleached would be a half cup early Joan Jet, a table spoon of Chuck Berry, one cup Sex Pistols, with a sprinkle of Beach Boys. Serve raw on scratchy vinyl with a side of vintage seventies punk nostalgia.

Sisters Jennifer and Jessie Clavin, formally of Mika Miko, serve up a less dark, but still vintage array of raw and unfiltered emotion. After Mika Miko disbanded in 2009, Jennifer pursued her education in NY studying fashion design while Jessica remained in their home town of Los Angeles rocking it out with the band Cold Showers. When Jennifer returned to LA the sisters poured everything into Bleached with their first single, Francis, released on Ooga Booga Records in 2011. That same year in July the popular single “Carter”, via ArtFag was released featuring the popular “Think of You.

Looking back Jessie says, “Me and Jen were punk kids who weren’t taught how to play instruments. We taught ourselves how to play, out in the garage.” By the time Ride Your Heart was released in early summer of 2013 the band had a more well-structured sound and a better sense of direction. This is more obvious in For the Feel their 2014 release on Dead Oceans, where the sound is more capable, raw and matured.

The first time I heard Bleached, they felt vintage, like old dusty vinyl rediscovered. The strength and power behind the music is not shy. It’s in your face with a feel good sound that keeps you exploring the depths of what’s possible. Bleached takes you back, even if you’ve never been there before. You’d be hard pressed to hear them live, anywhere else but the streets of California. Their live shows are raw, loud and impressively disobedient. Their popularity is traditional to that of any underground punk band and they don’t seem to mind remaining hidden for a while longer.

 

Kristian Matsson moves further away from his folkier earlier records on much of his fourth album, going for americana type stadium rock in a War on Drugs or Tom Petty vein with backing vocals & big choruses.

The strong melodies and skilled songwriting are still present however,  although the subject matter is often deeper & darker than we’re used to the album is mostly a major key, fun and enjoyable listen. opener ‘Fields Of Our Home’ is a cracking introduction to his widescreen new direction whereas ‘Little Nowhere Towns’ is solely backed by piano, so the mood is nicely broken up by stylistic changes. “choirs, keyboards & drums make well-judged accompaniments to his stark style”

BLEACHED – ” For The Feel “

Posted: January 29, 2016 in MUSIC
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Bleached “For The Feel”, Digital EP and Limited 7″ vinyl released Sep 16th on Dead Oceans, On the heels of three well-received singles comes Ride Your Heart, the bombastic debut album by LA band Bleached. Sisters Jennifer and Jessie Clavin match their ability to blend a mix of freewheeling ’77 punk with vintage sunny Southern California melodic rock and roll; creating blindingly bright hooks and dark heartfelt lyrics about love, loss, and the crazy fun moments in between. That’s the goal: the sugary and sour, repurposed by two aggressively harmonic musicians and songwriters. Their first single “Next Stop” epitomizes this movement – fun, raw, adventurous and free. Tossing you out onto the dance floor, hair mussed from make-outs, cigarette still dangling from your fingertips. Raised up deep in the San Fernando Valley, their suburban isolation nurtured the girls creativity, as they started making their own music at a young age. Sneaking into punk shows over the hill in Hollywood, they grew up to become teenaged underground staples at all-ages Downtown DIY venue, The Smell. “Me and Jen were punk kids who weren’t taught how to play instruments,” says Jessie. We taught ourselves how to play, out in the garage.” Eventually signing to Kill Rock Stars and Post Present Medium, their all-girl punk band Mika Miko drew international acclaim, landing slots on tours with No Age, Black Lips, and The Gossip.

 

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Pre-order ‘Welcome The Worms’ out April 1st, 2016 on Dead Oceans

On April 1st, LA’s Bleached will be releasing their sophomore LP, titled Welcome the Worms, via Bloomington, IN’s Dead Oceans. Created in the chaos of an eviction and broken relationship, the band feel more confident and in control that anytime before, if first reveal “Keep On Keepin’ On” is any indication. The song has a left-coast Ramones aesthetic to it and a appropriate message of perseverance given the personal challenges previously mentioned.

On May 12th, The Tallest Man on Earth, aka Kristian Matsson, will release his new album Dark Bird Is Home“. among the first tracks to preview, Matsson has shared this the first taste of the album. Listen to “Sagres”

By the time “Dark Bird Is Home” lands, nearly three years will have flown by since the last release of The Tallest Man on Earth. In that time, while Swedish singer-songwriter Kristian Matsson spread his wings across the world to captivate large audiences with his one-person show, he was also laying down new songs wherever he could in various locations — sometimes studios, sometimes barns.

Our first glimpse of Dark Bird Is Home is “Sagres,” named for the remote cliff-side village in southern Portugal, a place of escape for the song’s heartbroken narrator. Despite its potential loneliness, “Sagres” finds Mattson with perhaps his largest production to date. Lush orchestration holds the airy melody aloft, as violin, mandolin, acoustic and electric guitar, castanet punctuated percussion and haunting backing vocals join in the soul-searching quest. He also just announced an extensive tour—find the dates below. This is Matsson’s first time touring with a full band.

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