Album of the Week: Phoebe Bridgers

There are times when I find myself listening to and silently singing a new album over and over and the more I do, the deeper and richer it gets (much to my delight). This is exactly the case with Phoebe Bridgers sophomore record, Punisher.

Released on June 18 by Dead Oceans, Punisher is ripe with sneaky subversive lyrics — sneaky because they play out within lyrical graceful song-craft (from “Garden Song”):

I don’t know how, but I’m taller
It must be something in the water
Everything’s growing in our garden
You don’t have to know that it’s haunted
The doctor put her hands over my liver
She told me my resentment’s getting smaller
No, I’m not afraid of hard work
I get everything I want
I have everything I wanted

And:

You couldn’t have
Stuck your tongue down the throat of somebody
Who loves you more
So I will wait for the next time you want me
Like a dog with a bird at your door
Mmm

We hate Tears In Heaven
But it’s sad that his baby died

from “Moon Song”

Punisher treats us to 40-minutes of seamless inventive beauty in words and music. All we need do is give it the time.