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Phoebe Bridgers Announces Second Album 'Punisher', Shares New Single Kyoto

Thursday, 09 April 2020 Written by Laura Johnson

Photo: Frank Ockenfels

Phoebe Bridgers has announced her second album.

'Punisher' will arrive on June 19 through Dead Oceans, who also put out her 2017 debut 'Stranger In The Alps'. The new record will include her previously shared track Garden Song and the new single Kyoto, which the singer-songwriter wrote following her trip to Japan in early 2019. Bridgers said:

“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.”

The indie-rock song features laid-back, narrative verses and an explosive chorus. Its video was filmed with a green screen in Los Angeles after her original plans to shoot it in Japan this March were cancelled.

The album was co-produced by Bridgers with Tony Berg and Ethan Gruska, who she worked with on 'Stranger In The Alps'. It also features a whole host of collaborators, including her Better Oblivion Community Center partner Conor Oberst and Boygenius bandmates Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus, among others. 

'Punisher' tracklist:

1. DVD Menu           
2. Garden Song            
3. Kyoto                
4. Punisher                
5. Halloween            
6. Chinese Satellite
7. Moon Song
8. Savior Complex
9. ICU
10. Graceland Too
11. I Know The End

Bridgers, as part of Boygenius, recently appeared on Hayley Williams' track Roses/Lotus/Violet/Iris, a cut from her debut solo album 'Petals For Armor'.

She also featured on the 1975's new track Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless America. Bridgers was set to support the band on their spring North American tour, but the trek has been postponed due to the coronavirus. 

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