Singer/songwriter Phoebe Bridgers has earned rave reviews for her emotionally tinged indie/rock music over the past few years, but her appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden on Tuesday evening might open up a whole new audience for her: Drifting enthusiasts.
Yes, drifting, which Wikipedia defines as a driving technique where the driver intentionally oversteers, with loss of traction, while maintaining control and driving the car through the entirety of a corner.
During Bridgers’ appearance on the Late Late Show, she gave her new single “I See You” the show’s customary Carpool Karaoke treatment — by herself, of course, so as to maintain social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. What made this different from most of the Late Late Show‘s karaoke segments, however, is that Bridgers did so while driving in circles around a parking lot.
Bridgers teased the appearance with this clip:
In the full clip, Bridgers and Corden chat for a few minutes about her stunning new album, Punisher, before Phoebe straps on her helmet and begins ripping around the parking lot, drifting around corners at high speeds — OK, she doesn’t really do that, but the amusingly edited clip makes it LOOK like she does, while singing along to “I See You.”
Punisher, the second solo album from Phoebe Bridgers, was released last week and is a hauntingly layered listen, sure to win over new fans and continue her charge to the front of the pack in indie/rock circles.
If you haven’t listened to it yet, click here to read our detailed album review for a heads-up. Here’s an excerpt:
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.