Phoebe Bridgers: Crossing Bridgers

(Image credit: Olof Grind)

The new album by Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher, her second solo effort and fourth LP in total – simmers with a low, folky drawl that always teeters on erupting into sheer chaotic disarray, but never does; the LA indie-rocker plays with sharp and noodly guitars, buzzy and ethereal synths, and the occasional horn solo on the follow-up to 2017’s Stranger In The Alps

But as broad and sprawling as the 11-tracker is, the energy is distinctly restrained throughout – Bridgers plays her cards incredibly close to her chest, and only offers the listener a glimpse of them on her own terms.

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…