Patient and refined, Phoebe Bridgers is an artist whose eloquence and introspective brilliance defines her. Bridgers wears her hear on her sleeve and encourages her listeners to do the same.
This was especially clear in her live performance, where her etherial music and graceful stage presence created an intimate atmosphere that allowed her to shine. Playing two sold out nights at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York, Phoebe solidified herself as a force to be reckoned with in the world of indie music. Both shows were opened by Soccer Mommy, a.k.a. the Nashville native Sophie Allison. Her energy was contagious, and her bubbly personality welcomed everyone in the room. Allison, accompanied by a band for only half of the set, played a collection of upbeat yet poignant songs that spanned her discography of lo-fi indie releases.
Phoebe took to the stage shortly after, her band all dressed up in suits. Christmas lights on the mic stands and drums were the main lighting for the night, drawing all of the focus to Bridgers and her captivating performance. Her stage presence was lighthearted, though her music is often anything but. She mainly played songs from her most recent release Stranger in the Alps, opening with “Smoke Signals” and one of the most heartbreaking tracks, “Funeral”. On “Would You Rather”, she welcomed Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) to the stage, to much excitement from the audience. Bridgers’ otherworldly recordings translated brilliantly live, the orchestral arrangements and harmonies soaring in the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Phoebe Bridgers’ voice is soothing and delicate, her songwriting eloquent and harrowing, and her live performance one to remember.