Watch Phoebe Bridgers Sing ‘Kyoto’ on ‘Colbert’ Karaoke-Style, Complete with a Disco Ball, Bubbles, Flashy Lights and a Skeleton Costume

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On Monday evening, Phoebe Bridgers performed an #AtHome rendition of “Kyoto,” one of the lead singles from the singer/songwriter‘s new album, Punisher, for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

(Click here to purchase Punisher on CD and click here to purchase Punisher on LP.)

But this wasn’t an ordinary at-home performance of the type we’re accustomed to seeing over the past few months, the result of the COVID-19 pandemic effectively putting a stop to most anything other than simple performances from artists located in their kitchens or recording spaces.

No, Bridgers has a certain dry humor, one that comes through in her music and lyrics abundantly — but especially online.


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That same sense of wit came through on this Colbert performance, which was mostly presented like an awkward karaoke segment, complete with a disco ball, flashy lights and bubbles.

This inspired bit of entertainment from Bridgers comes a couple of weeks after a similar appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden, in which she staged her own Carpool Karaoke segment while (imitating) some high-speed drifting in a vacant parking lot:

Punisher, the second solo album from Phoebe Bridgers, was released on June 19 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.


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