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Phoebe Bridgers suggests she might release more new music this year

“I try to do things that are exciting so I never really know what I’m gonna do"

By Hollie Geraghty

Phoebe Bridgers holds a guitar and stands against a microphone
Phoebe Bridgers performs live in 2018. (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/ David Lee).

Phoebe Bridgers has hinted that she may release more new music this year.

Having returned last week with new song ‘Sidelines’, which will appear in the TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s ‘Conversations With Friends’, a press release suggested it will be Bridgers’ only release of 2022.

Speaking in an interview with KROQ at Coachella last weekend, the singer-songwriter was asked if this was true. “Who knows, actually,” she replied. “I try to do things that are exciting so I never really know what I’m gonna do.”

She also joked that she would be “dropping a mixtape tomorrow”.

‘Sidelines’ was the Los Angeles artist’s first song since 2020, which was teased earlier this month when it featured in a new trailer for the Hulu series, out May 15.

Bridgers is a fan of Rooney’s work and named ‘Normal People’ one of her favourite 10 books of all time. She is currently in a relationship with Paul Mescal, who starred as Connell in the critically acclaimed BBC Three adaptation of the novel.

Bridgers wrote ‘Sidelines with bandmate and Marshall Vore and Ruby Rain Henley. When asked how the track came about, she said: “[Marshall Vore] had this like love song idea… he sent it to me right in the beginning of the pandemic. And I was like, ‘This is insane.'”

“I was so obsessed with it, I was playing it all the time in the house. And when the show asked me to make something, I was like, ‘But I don’t have anything that fits’. And Marshall was like, ‘What about that ‘Sidelines’ one?’”

The singer is set to tour the UK later this year, kicking off with a gig in Birmingham on June 26, followed by dates in London and Manchester in July.

The tour will be the first time she has performed her album ‘Punisher’ in the UK, which was released in June 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic had grounded much of the music industry.

Bridgers was joined by Arlo Parks on day one of Coachella last weekend, where they performed ‘Punisher’ tracks ‘Graceland Too’ and ‘I Know The End’.

The second weekend of the California festival kicks off tomorrow (April 22).