Phoebe Bridgers is making the rounds on the strange yet candid socially distant versions of late night show’s live performance segments — and she’s managing to captivate each and every time. After debuting “I See You” in a remote version of Carpool Karaoke, Phoebe returns for “Kyoto” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
The 25-year-old singer-songwriter premiered her sophomore record Punisher to rave reviews and was an easy selection for HYPEBEAST’s “The Best 25 Albums of 2020… So Far” at this year’s midway point. “I’m not pushing the record until things go back to ‘normal’ because I don’t think they should. Here it is a little early. Abolish the police. Hope you like it,” the indie musician wrote, in reference to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak and Black Lives Matter protests.
On Colbert she video conferences in, dressed in her signature skeleton onesie and backed by a disco ball complete with a shimmering backdrop straight out of a 1980s prom night polaroid. Her live performance is actually in high-definition when compared to her green screen and stock image-heavy music video (which was the result of her having to cancel a trip to Japan due to the pandemic). This rendition follows her first appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live with a “Live from the Lavatory” version of the track from her Echo Park bathtub. She detailed the song’s inspiration in a press release:
“This song is about impostor syndrome. 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.”
Watch Phoebe’s latest live performance above and compare it to her original below. In more music updates, legendary filmmaker David Lynch shared his haunting “I Have a Radio” visual from his 2011 album Crazy Clown Time.