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Phoebe

Bridgers

  • Music
  • Issue 36

Phoebe Bridgers likes Joni Mitchell, astrology and working on her issues. Eve Barlow meets the California singer remaking emo in her own image.
Words by Eve Barlow. Photography by Emman Montalvan. Styling by Jesse Arifien. Hair and Makeup by Nicole Wittman using MAC Cosmetics. Photo Assistant by Patrick Molina. Digital Tech by Maria Noble.

On February 29, 2016, Phoebe Bridgers made a list of goals she wanted to achieve by the next leap year. They included: tour the world, see Ireland, make three albums. She’d never left the US. She’d never made a record. She was 21 and unsigned. Now she’s 25. She’s toured the world, including Ireland, and released three albums: one solo, one as boygenius with Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker, and one as Better Oblivion Community Center with Conor Oberst—her hero.

“Dude!” she says, of revisiting the list on February 29, 2020. “It’s happened. They all became real in ways I couldn’t have imagined.” It’s mid-morning in LA, and Bridgers is calling while doing a lap of the local Silver Lake Reservoir. She’s California born and bred. She “ums” with every response, employs “later” for goodbye and admits to spending “$11 on smoothies on average per day.” She talks up astrology: She blames Mercury being in retrograde for feeling sick during a press

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This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-six

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