Phoebe Bridgers Releasing Re-Recorded ‘Punisher’ Songs as ‘Copycat Killer’ EP 11/20, Shares ‘Kyoto’

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Acclaimed singer/songwriter Phoebe Bridgers will revisit her 2020 album Punisherone of the year’s strongest albums and a masterful, haunting statement from the artist – on Nov. 20 with Copycat Killer, a four-song EP featuring re-recorded versions of four Punisher tracks.

Announced on Tuesday, the EP was previewed with a re-worked take on “Kyoto,” the album’s lead single.

For this EP project, Bridgers worked with Grammy Award-winning string player/arranger Rob Moose, known for his work with the likes of Bon Iver, John Legend, Taylor Swift, the Killers, Haim and more.


The EP’s track listing:

  1. Kyoto
  2. Savior Complex
  3. Chinese Satellite
  4. Punisher

It’s the track “Punisher,” by the way, which gives the EP its title thanks to the lyric “A copycat killer with a chemical cut”:

Releasing Punisher in the middle of a global pandemic probably wasn’t what Phoebe Bridgers had in mind for her new album, but there’s really no better soundtrack for wiling away the hours sheltering in place and worrying about both the present and the future, while openly acknowledging the absurdity of it all — a testament to Phoebe Bridgers’ uncanny ability to find beauty among the chaos of the human condition.

That Punisher was released when it was — in a time of significant social unrest and a global pandemic that has ravaged all areas of “normal life,” with the prospect of things returning to what they were a wistful dream — almost seems appropriate, given the record’s themes of unease and vulnerability.

If you haven’t yet listened to Punisher, which was recorded with the assistance of a number of Bridgers’ colleagues and friends, including Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes (with whom Bridgers has another project, Better Oblivion Community Center), do so below, via Spotify:

By Rock Cellar Magazine Staff

Staff writer from Rock Cellar Magazine