The sophomore LP is out in June
Jessie Atkinson
16:03 9th April 2020

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Sad Girl Supremo and songwriting extraordinaire Phoebe Bridgers has finally announced a follow-up album to her incredible 2017 debut Stranger In The Alps. New single 'Kyoto' confirms the oncoming arrival of Punisher, out this June.

Following the recent surprise release of 'Garden Song' and her appearance on the latest 1975 single 'Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless America', Bridgers has thrown somewhat of a curveball with her most upbeat offering to date.

'Kyoto' is neo-emo, that's for sure. But it also tips its chin up towards the light with a cavalcade of trumpets and flutes. Bridgers has shown her hand and it is surprisingly chipper.

Hear the song alongside the video, which was supposed to have been filmed in Japan this month, but for obvious reasons, hasn't:

As in instrumentation, so in lyrics: 'Kyoto' is bittersweet. It's about imposter syndrome, and the feeling of dissociation. She expands: "I dissociate when bad things happen to me, but also when good things happen...I wrote this one as a ballad first, but at that point I was so sick of recording slow songs, it turned into this.”

Though Stranger In The Alps may be Bridger's only solo full-length to date, it is not her sole work. In 2018, she released the ephemeral, self-titled EP for side-project boygenius, which served as a collaboration between Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus.

She collaborated with Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst on the 2019 album Better Oblivion Community Center.

With Punisher, Bridgers will add another feather to her cap.

Punisher arrives on 19 June via Dead Oceans.

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Photo: Frank Ockenfels