Most of us spent 2020 in a holding pattern — if we’re lucky — butPhoebe Bridgers had a largeyear. Her second album, Punisher, was one in all 2020’s best-loved data, and he or she‘s started 2021 with 4 Grammy nominationsand a new wave of high-profile TV appearances.
Nonetheless, Bridgers’ Saturday Night Live debut — in an episode hosted by Schitt’s Creek star Dan Levy, who known as her “wonderful” in his intro — marked one other milestone for the younger singer. Punisher leans closely on murmured atmospherics, making it excellent for late-night headphone listening. But on SNL, Bridgers positioned its loudest moments and cranked them louder than they’ve gone before.
For those who’ve been marinating in Punisher‘s wonderful gloom for the final eight months, it is no shock that Bridgers and her skeleton-suit-clad band opted to play the peppy single “Kyoto” and a barely abbreviated model of the album-closing “I Know the Finish,” which builds from a wistful whisper to full-on primal screams. But the latter efficiency went full-on guitar-smashing bonkers, with Bridgers closing the proceedings by whaling on her monitor with a guitar that appeared to carry up higher than she’d supposed it to. She took greater than a dozen whacks at it, and for some time no less than, the monitor appeared to take the most seen harm.
In fact, when you’re carried out absorbing her SNL debut, you’d do properly to revisit Bridgers’ whopping 4 Tiny Desk and Tiny Desk-adjacent appearances: one solo in 2017, one with Higher Oblivion Community Middle, one together with her supergroup boy genius and, after all, final year’s Oval Office-themed Tiny Desk (residence) concert.