“Kyoto” is taken from Phoebe Bridgers’s sophomore album, Punisher, out June 16 via Dead Oceans.
After the hashy “Garden Song,” Phoebe Bridgers shares a brand new track, which also confirms the release of her sophomore album. As the title suggests it, “Kyoto” was written following her first trip to Japan in February 2019. From her boredom in a temple to the price of a call from a payphone, the 25-year-old artist brings together a series of vignettes and moods that marks the singularity of her songwriting.
“This song is about impostor syndrome,” stated Bridgers. “About being in Japan for the first time, somewhere I’ve always wanted to go, and playing my music to people who want to hear it, feeling like I’m living someone else’s life. I dissociate when bad things happen to me, but also when good things happen. It can feel like I’m performing what I think I’m supposed to be like. I wrote this one as a ballad first, but at that point I was so sick of recording slow songs, it turned into this.”
The accompanying video, directed by Nina Ljet, was supposed to be shot in Japan in March 2020 but, of course, they had to change their plans. Instead, they used a green screen in Los Angeles and the final rendition is pretty fun and offbeat. Watch the video as well as her live performance from her bathtub for Jimmy Kimmel, and pre-order the album via Bandcamp below.