EP REVIEW: Phoebe Bridgers – Copycat Killer

Release Date: November 20th 2020
Label: Dead Oceans
Website: www.phoebefuckingbridgers.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/phoebebridgers
Twitter: www.twitter.com/phoebe_bridgers

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Phoebe Bridgers is the name on everybody’s lips as award season creeps ever closer. With four GRAMMY nominations under her belt since the release of her second studio album ‘Punisher’ in June, the American singer/songwriter could easily sit back and take a well-deserved break while she waits for the awards to roll in.

Instead, she has teamed up with multi-instrumentalist, arranger, producer, and conductor Rob Moose, who has contributed his many talents to the ‘Copycat Killer’ EP. A four-track collection of reimagined numbers from ‘Punisher’, Bridgers‘ latest release shows off some of her best work, but with a fresh, orchestral twist.

The record starts with ‘Kyoto’, arguably one of the singer’s most well-known singles. It’s also one of Bridgers‘ more transparently personal songs, and the fact that she has opened it up to a brand new interpretation shouldn’t be sniffed at. It’s a leap of faith, that’s for sure, but one that pays off with beautiful musicality from Moose‘s orchestra. The strings in this number, as well as with following track ‘Savior Complex’, really elevate the originals and take them to a whole new place, with moments that wouldn’t sound out of place on a movie score.

The second half of the EP, while not quite as stunning as the first, is still pretty impressive. ‘Chinese Satellites’ is delightful, with Bridgers‘ gorgeous vocal tone remaining the standout, despite the swelling and swooping of Moose‘s ambitious arrangement. Ending on ‘Punisher’, the title-track of the EP’s original birthplace, is a delicate, emotive and heartfelt, exactly what fans would expect from Bridgers, reimagined or not.

‘Copycat Killer’ is a full reworking, not just a slapdash remix, and for that reason alone it’s worth a listen, even if orchestras aren’t your usual cup of tea.

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