Watch Phoebe Bridgers Sing ‘Kyoto’ from Her Bed for ‘The Late Late Show with James Corden’


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On “I Know the End,” the rousing closing track on Phoebe Bridgersexcellent 2020 album Punisher, she says When I get back I’ll lay around/And I’ll get up and lay back down/Romanticize a quiet life/There’s no place like my room.

Clearly a fan of her room, that’s the setting of her new performance of “Kyoto,” the album’s lead single, which the singer/songwriter shared on Wednesday night for The Late Late Show with James Corden.

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In the clip, Bridgers wakes up (still in a dream, however), sings the song, checks her phone and winds up on stage at Carnegie Hall:

It’s a different arrangement of “Kyoto” from the one on Punisher … and it’s a closer match to the recent reimagined version Bridgers and arranger Rob Moose debuted on Copycat Killer, a four-song EP of stripped-down Punisher tracks released in December.

The past few weeks have seen big developments for Phoebe Bridgers. She’s up for four GRAMMY nominations (Best New Artist, Best Alternative Music Album, Best Rock Performance, and Best Rock Song), shared a music video directed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge and starring Irish actor Paul Mescal, and sang “Savior Complex” in a haunted Christmas attic for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon:

Bridgers also recently released a cover of the Goo Goo Dolls’ 1998 hit “Iris” with Maggie Rogers — also the result of a chance conversation on social media and also an effort to satisfy the demands of Bridgers’ vocal internet audience.

Their collaborative cover became both Bridgers and Rogers’ first No. 1 debut on the Digital Song Sales chart:

There’s also the recent debut of her cover of Merle Haggard’s “If We Make It Through December,” a benefit fundraiser for the Downtown Women’s Centeran organization in Los Angeles focused exclusively on serving and empowering women experiencing homelessness and formerly homeless women. 


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