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Phoebe Bridgers’ debut LP, Stranger In The Alps, was one of 2017’s best albums and it signalled the arrival of a remarkable new musical talent. Josh Gardner sat down with the 24-yearold Angeleno to talk baritone guitars, keeping it independent, and having fun with pretentious guitar nerds…


You’d be forgiven for wondering if someone who sings, ‘Jesus Christ I’m so blue all the time’ might not be the most light-hearted interview subject, but Phoebe Bridgers couldn’t be more accommodating – especially given the circumstances. Things are running rather dramatically behind schedule at Bristol’s Thekla, and at a time when most artists would prefer to be relaxing backstage, Bridgers happily sacrifices her downtime to chat with us, right until the moment the venue manager insists that the hundreds of punters outside can’t wait in the muggy summer drizzle any longer.

Bridgers’ debut, Stranger In The Alps, showcases a rare talent blessed with a sharp wit and a knack for insightful lyrical observations far beyond her 24 years. As we chat, it’s easy to understand what’s led the likes of Ryan Adams, Conor Oberst and Julien Baker to collaborate with the Los Angeles native – and why the sky really is the limit for what she can achieve…


Bridgers’ passion for music started early, but it didn’t take long for her to decide what she really wanted. “My mom was a really big music fan, so she forced me to take piano lessons when I was a kid, and I hated it – so I started taking guitar lessons instead!” she chuckles. “But she was still super supportive.” “Growing up in LA is a very interesting place for a musician. You get a lot of opportunities, and it’s a very privileged position. Because who the fuck gets to a free arts high school that’s like, 40 minutes from their house!?”

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