“Smoke Signals” single out 1/13/17
There’s incisiveness and a slight world-weariness that belies Phoebe Bridgers’ young age – she’s only 22 – it all rings through in the smoky ache of her spellbinding voice. In her new single “Smoke Signals,” which was produced by Tony Berg (Andrew Bird, Aimee Mann, Blake Mills) and Ethan Gruska, and mixed by Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, M. Ward, Jenny Lewis), she manages to weave in references to Thoreau, The Smiths, Bowie, Motorhead, and Holiday Inn within five and a half minutes. Written in a cabin outside Ketchum, ID last May, it’s a love song that emanates a palpable tenderness, filled with billowing strings and reverb-drenched guitar, but also kiss-off to a generally cataclysmic-feeling 2016. It’s enchanting and heart-rending, and will end up in a listener’s head for days.
Bridgers wrote her first song at age 11, and by 13 her mom was driving her to open mic nights at the Claremont Folk Music Center outside of her native Los Angeles, CA, where she’d perform Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen covers. At age 20, she found herself in Pax-Am, the LA studio owned by Ryan Adams – whom she had met through her friends, musicians Harrison Whitford and Marshall Vore (who both also play on “Smoke Signals” and her forthcoming debut album) – playing him a song called “Killer.” He invited her to come back and record it the next day, and the session blossomed into the release of a three-song single of the same name, released on his Pax-Am label in April 2015 and praised by EW.com as “Happy but heartbreaking, Bridgers’ world-weary vocal rests easy at heart center.”
Throughout the past two years, Bridgers has toured with artists including Julien Baker, City and Colour, and Violent Femmes in addition to playing shows with Mitski, Television, Blake Babies, and Conor Oberst, with whom she’ll complete her first European tour in January 2017.
News regarding Bridgers’ debut album and additional tour dates will be announced soon.
For more information on Phoebe Bridgers and “Smoke Signals,” please contact Amanda Pitts at Chromatic Publicity, tel: 203.570.2366; emailer: firstname.lastname@example.org.