Phoebe Bridgers - 'Motion Sickness'
Somewhere stylistically between Julien Baker and Angel Olsen, Phoebe Bridgers arrives as an artist with a fair amount of fanfare. In 2015 her three-song single Killer was produced by Ryan Adams in his L.A. studio and released on his label, and last year she even toured with him as well as the likes of Conor Oberst.
'Motion Sickness' is the first off her debut album, the intriguing and beautifully titled Strangers In The Alps - which arrives on Dead Oceans in September. It's a dually biting and bewitching tale of betrayal where Bridgers sounds like she’s about to unravel at any moment, though she’s perhaps keeping it together for her own sake, rather than ours.
A simple rumbling drum beat with a vaguely 70s guitar lick allows Bridgers angelic voice, and twisting lyrics to shine. At once oblique and intriguing, they're a car flashing by on the highway too fast to quite make out.
“I hate you for what you did / And I miss you like a little kid”
Her evocative imagery and deceptively simple wordplay feels like an entirely unique talent despite operating in the somewhat crowded singer-songwriter vicinity. Indeed, 'Motion Sickness' is a dizzying and enchanting attempt to convey the feeling at the pit of your stomach when disloyalty begins to engulf you, and you can't come up for air. Strangers In The Alps can't arrive soon enough.
"I have emotional motion sickness / Someone roll the windows down"