Track of the Week breaks down and talks concerning the track we simply can’t get out of our head every week. Discover these songs and extra on our Spotify Prime Songs playlist. For our favourite new songs from rising artists, take a look at our Spotify New Sounds playlist. This week, Phoebe Bridgers greater than delivers on what is predicted to be her solely launch of 2022.
For an artist whose discography is filled with piercingly unhappy lyrics, there’s maybe no line as nihilistic in Phoebe Bridgers‘ catalogue because the nearer to her newest, “Sidelines”: “I used to suppose you would hear the ocean in a seashell/ What a infantile factor.”
Written for the upcoming Hulu adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Conversations with Buddies, “Sidelines” is one other gradual, unhappy yee-haw from the indie singer-songwriter, the kind for which she’s grow to be so rightfully beloved. She has a knack for unlocking huge, existential questions via the lens of hyper-specific, pedestrian particulars — “The billboard mentioned the top is close to/ I circled, there was nothing there,” she says in “I Know the Finish”; “I’m excessive and feeling anxious within a CVS,” in “Silk Chiffon.”
On this observe, it’s the somber relatability of “I used to fetishize myself, now I’m speaking to my home crops” that sticks after the ultimate chords have rung out. General, the atmospheric, string-laden track feels completely attuned to the moody worlds Sally Rooney crafts in tales like Conversations with Buddies, wherein characters are good and unhealthy, messy and forgivable, type and merciless.
It’s attention-grabbing to think about the thread that ties Bridgers to Paul Mescal, who exploded after an award-winning flip in Hulu’s first Rooney adaptation, Regular Folks. Is that this a love track? Is it an ode to the liberty that may include cynicism? She emphasizes again and again that she’s not afraid of nice tragedies or a horrible dying, however she is afraid of shedding somebody, or reaching the top and realizing that none of this issues. Like the customarily contradictory and painfully human characters in these tales, the track has the liberty to be no matter it needs.
— Mary Siroky