In April of 2020, as New York’s initial lockdown to combat the global pandemic of the novel COVID-19 virus set in and my last semester in college began transitioning to online learning; Pasadena, California born, singer-songwriter, Phoebe Bridgers released Kyoto, the first single from her critically acclaimed album Punisher. The album’s despondent, yet engaging instrumentation and lyrics of apocalyptic dreamscapes, childhood resentment, drugged-wanderlust, and self-resolution were a much needed refugee for someone like me: a young adult, transitioning out of student life, while watching the cracks in our societies become exacerbated by a global pandemic.

Phoebe’s 2017 album, Stranger in…

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