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Phoebe Bridgers announces new LP Punisher, shares “Kyoto”

The follow-up to 2017’s Stranger in the Alps is due out on June 19.

April 09, 2020

Phoebe Bridgers has confirmed details of her second solo album. Punisher is due out on June 19 via Dead Oceans. The LP will include the recent single "Garden Song," which came out back in February, and "Kyoto," released this morning. Hear the song at the top of the page and watch its green screen video — shot in Los Angeles after initial plans to film in Japan were scrapped for obvious reasons — at the top of the page.

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“This song is about impostor syndrome," Bridgers wrote in a press release. "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.”

Though Punisher is Bridgers' second solo album, she has released two separate projects since the release of her debut Stranger in the Alps in 2017. Last year she put out an album alongside Conor Oberst as Better Oblivion Community Center, and in 2018 she joined Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus for an EP under the name boygenius. Last week, Bridgers's collaboration with The 1975, "Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless America," was finally released.

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Phoebe Bridgers announces new LP Punisher, shares “Kyoto”