Los Angeles singer/songwriter Phoebe Bridgers may just be one of our favorite new artists. In 2015 she released her Ryan Adams-produced EP Killer and has since opened for Conor Oberst on tour. Last week, she shared the third single, “Funeral”, from her upcoming debut album Stranger in the Alps set to be released this Friday, September 22nd. “Funeral” is centered around the anticipation of performing at a young person’s memorial service. Phoebe’s forthright and earnest lyrics make listening to her music feel like a late-night phone call with a deeply trusted friend. The song is arranged with simple acoustic guitars and violins, delivering a warmth and intimacy that is consistently present in her work. She relays feelings of sadness and the honest guilt that follows when she sings, “I woke up in my childhood bed / wishing I was someone else / feeling sorry for myself / and I remembered someone’s kid is dead.” It is almost shocking to hear lyrics so dark sung so tenderly, but it is that paradox that makes Bridgers such a powerful force. If this is any hint of what her upcoming album will sound like, then we are counting down the days.