Watch Phoebe Bridgers & a Player Piano Perform ‘Savior Complex’ to Two Dogs in a Dusty Christmas Room

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Phoebe Bridgers is riding high these days. The singer/songwriter received four GRAMMY nominations last week (Best New Artist, Best Alternative Music Album, Best Rock Performance, and Best Rock Song), the result of significant acclaim given to her (excellent) 2020 album, Punisher.

Earlier this week, Bridgers shared a new music video for “Savior Complex,” directed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (of Netflix’s Fleabag) and starring Paul Mescal and an adorable, scene-stealing dog.

On Wednesday night, Bridgers debuted a performance video for “Savior Complex” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, but this one’s pretty unique. Featuring Bridgers in some sort of Christmas-themed room full of decorations (and to an audience of two dogs), Bridgers sings along as a player piano she calls Irma drives the arrangement forward.

It’s all very elegant and slightly irreverent, as expected:

“Savior Complex” is one of the standout tracks on Punisher, as well as one that Bridgers and arranger Rob Moose revisited recently for the four-song Copycat Killer EP.

Phoebe 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:

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.

Click here to pick up the original Punisher album from our Rock Cellar Store. 

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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