Phoebe Waller-Bridge (‘Fleabag’) Directed Phoebe Bridgers’ New ‘Savior Complex’ Video Starring Paul Mescal & an Adorable Dog Named Charlotte

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Well, it finally happened: Singer/songwriter Phoebe Bridgers teamed up with actor/writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge (0f the Netflix series Fleabag, among other roles) on a new project: A music video for “Savior Complex,” one of the standout songs on Bridgers’ acclaimed 2020 album Punisher.

The clip was shared on Tuesday via Bridgers’ Facebook page, and stars Irish actor Paul Mescal (of the 2020 miniseries Normal People and a recent Rolling Stones video as well) and an adorable little dog named Charlotte. The stylish black-and-white video is effective at matching the mood of the song. Pay close attention and you might spot Phoebe Bridgers herself in the clip.

As you might expect, this collaboration between Bridgers and Waller-Bridge came about over the past few months of quarantine life, the two striking up a conversation via email:

Throughout her almost year long promotional interviews for Punisher, Phoebe Bridgers has been effusive in her appreciation of the work of award winning British actor, writer and producer Phoebe Waller-Bridge. It turns out the feeling was mutual and, after connecting over email during Covid quarantine, the two hatched a plan to collaborate together on a music video for “Savior Complex”.

This anticipated team-up is the latest for Phoebe Bridgers, who 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:

Bridgers also recently debuted a 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. 

All of this activity comes as Bridgers was recently nominated for four GRAMMY Awards, including Best New Artist, and released a four-song Copycat Killer EP reimagining a few songs from Punisher with the help of arranger Rob Moose.

2020 has been a momentous year for the songwriter, to say the least, led by the runaway success of Punisher, one of the year’s strongest albums.

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And here’s some more about Punisher from our album review:

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), you should.


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