Phoebe Bridgers is an indie folk singer from Los Angeles and “Stranger in the Alps” is her debut album.
“Strangers in the Alps” is as sad as it is beautiful. Phoebe’s lyrics and her voice are full of melancholy, but there is a prettiness behind both that only makes the songwriting more endearing. The songs are soaked in nostalgia and a naivete of a young person still maturing and finding their place in the world. Phoebe’s voice is whispy and soft yet strong. Her vocals do a lot of the heavy lifting on the album, perfectly matching the moods of her songs and giving a lot of weight to the melodies. The instruments are varied and used extremely well. They don’t take away from the intimate singing and are used as a nice little boost to the melodies, and when they do strut their stuff like on “Motion Sickness” they kick ass. I also have to shout out the drums which are fantastic, especially on the song “Georgia”. One gripe I have with the album is the male vocals that pop up on two of the tracks; i’m just not a fan of the man’s singing and I’d rather hear Phoebe on her own to be honest.
This is a great folk and indie album and it’s an extremely impressive debut release. Phoebe Bridgers executes on all of the important pieces to make this a well put together record. So far this is one of the best folk albums I’ve heard this year, though it’s not without its faults. There are a couple tracks on this that are good, but nothing special. With that said, please check this thing out if you are a fan of the genre, you’ll be doing yourself a favor.
Favorite songs: “Smoke Signals”, “Motion Sickness”, “Georgia”