Ascendent US folk artist Phoebe Bridgers has a morbid fascination with murder, and she’s not afraid to sing about it.
On her breakout single, Killer, she ponders whether the depth of her love will ultimately crush the object of her affection, comparing herself to heinous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer along the way. “Can the killer in me tame the fire in you?” She asks on the song’s hook.
Death is a constant talking point throughout her gorgeous debut album, Stranger in the Alps. At times it’s a storytelling device (as on her cover of Mark Kozelek’s crime of passion ballad You Missed My Heart), elsewhere its used to dig into bleak thoughts (on Funeral, she chastises herself for feeling sorry for herself on the eve of a child’s funeral).
There are shades of Elliot Smith and Conor “Bright Eyes” Oberst (who features on Would You Rather) in her songwriting – and like them, despite her gloomy demeanour on record, she looks set for big and brilliant things.
Her show in Islington earlier this year was the best gig I’ve been to in the past 8 months – so this Tuesday’s visit to Scala in King’s Cross is unmissable.