Our Mainstream Artist of the Month, Taylor Swift, surprised everyone by dropping an indie album called “folklore” late last month, and we’ve been listening to it religiously ever since. Swift’s most alternative project to date has drawn widespread adoration, and we won’t blame you if you want to keep it on loop. However, if you’re looking to add something new into the mix, I implore you to check out “Punisher” by 25-year-old indie folk singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers. Bridgers’ alluring voice and lyrical prowess have earned her praise from several top artists, including Fiona Apple, Bon Iver, John Mayer, Billie Eilish, Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams, and The 1975, whom she was scheduled to support on tour before the coronavirus pandemic halted live music performances.
“Punisher” is the long-awaited follow-up to Bridgers’ critically acclaimed 2017 debut record “Stranger in the Alps.” Bridgers’ new album, which was released about a month before Swift’s, lacks the pop influence that runs through “folklore” and is more closely aligned with true indie folk. Nonetheless, listeners who were captivated by Swift’s eighth studio album are sure to fall for the equally masterful storytelling, haunting melodies and raw, revealing lyrics of “Punisher.” Bridgers’ “Garden Song” could easily slot into the “folklore” tracklist, and Swift herself included the song on a playlist she curated for Apple Music’s “Playlist by ME!” series.
“Garden Song” Video
Bridgers has expressed her admiration of Swift and “folklore” on Twitter with the typical self-deprecating humor that has endeared her fans to her. She recently commented on the surreal resemblance between the cover art for “Punisher” and “folklore” and quipped that Swift is a name brand, while she’s Great Value:
Check out the video for Bridgers’ latest single “I Know the End” and listen to “Punisher” wherever you stream music.
“I Know the End” Video