Phoebe Bridgers, I See You.

Draw back the curtains, “let the dystopian morning light pour in”, and welcome in the new day; a day just like yesterday, tomorrow, and so on. But today is that bit more relevant than many another in recent memory, owing to the emergence of I See You: the orchestrally decorated latest to surface from Phoebe Bridgers’ forthcoming Punisher full-length, it’s an absolute blinder. Written both about and with drummer and onetime partner Marshall Vore, the song pairs Bridgers’ penchant for knowing nihilism (“I’ve been playing dead my whole life,” and the like) with a more expansive musical palette and such expressive metaphors as, “If you’re a work of art, I’m standing too close/ I can see the brush strokes.” At turns cutting (“It’s amazing to me how much you can say/ When you don’t know what you’re talkin’ about”) and cutesy (“But I feel something when I see you now”), if it may be that bit conflicted lyrically, then musically it brims with true conviction and makes the wait for that aforesaid record all the more, well, punishing.

Punisher is available from June 19th via Dead Oceans.