Phoebe Bridgers Announces New Album ‘Punisher’ & Shares Single

By Nate Todd Apr 9, 2020 10:06 am PDT

Phoebe Bridgers announced a new album, Punisher, due out on June 19 via Dead Oceans. The singer-songwriter also shared the single “Kyoto.”

Punisher is Bridgers’ sophomore solo album and her first since releasing her solo debut, Stranger In The Alps, in 2017. But Bridgers has stayed busy in that time as part of the supergroups boygenius — with Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus — and her collaboration with Conor Oberst, Better Oblivion Community Center. Bridgers released albums with both bands.

For Punisher, Bridgers teamed back up with Stranger In The Alps producers Tony Berg and Ethan Gruska, this time as a co-producer herself. The new record features contributions from Phoebe’s band including drummer Marshall Vore, guitarist Harrison Whitford, bassist Emily Retsas and piano from Nick White as well as guest appearances from Bridgers’ previous collaborators Conor Oberst, Lucy Dacus, Julien Baker and more.

The new song “Kyoto” follows previously released single, “Garden Song” which arrived back in Februrary and will also appear on Punisher. “Kyoto” features additional contributions from Warpaint bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg and Bright EyesNathaniel Walcott on horns.

“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,” wrote Bridgers of her new song. “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.”

“Kyoto” arrived with an accompanying music video. Watch it below:

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
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