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Phoebe Bridgers returns with new single ‘Sidelines’

It is Bridgers' first song since 2020

By Sam Moore

Phoebe Bridgers in Motion Sickness video
Phoebe Bridgers got emotional recording her part for 'Red'. (Credit: YouTube)

Phoebe Bridgers has released her new single ‘Sidelines’ which will feature prominently in highly-anticipated BBC show Conversations with Friends.

The song was teased earlier this week when it featured in a new trailer for the series. It will be the critically acclaimed singer-songwriter’s only release of 2022.

‘Sidelines’ is Bridgers’ first bit of new music since 2020 when she released her second album ‘Punisher’ to rave reviews and four Grammy nominations.

The song is about the impact love can have on a person’s life as she sings in the chorus: “Watching the world from the sidelines/ Had nothing to prove/ ‘Til you came into my life/ Gave me something to lose”.

Bridgers is also set to perform at this year’s Coachella which starts today (15 April).

Conversations with Friends, which is an adaptation of the best-selling Sally Rooney novel of the same name, is due to premiere on BBC Three on 15 May.

It stars Sasha Lane, Taylor Swift’s boyfriend Joe Alwyn, Jemima Kirke and newcomer Alison Oliver as four people navigating the complexities of relationships in the 21st Century.

Bridgers is known to be a fan of Rooney’s work and named Normal People one of her favourite 10 books of all time alongside Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling and The Idiot by Elif Bautman.

Bridgers is also in a relationship with Normal People star Paul Mescal after they started dating in 2020.

She is also set to tour the UK later this year starting with a gig in Birmingham on 26 June followed by dates in London and Manchester in July.

Bridgers will also be performing at Latitude Festival alongside the likes of Foals, Groove Amada and Little Simz.

The tour will be the first time she has performed ‘Punisher’ in the UK as the album was released during the Covid-19 pandemic which halted live music all over the world.