It’s a hot drink while you wait for a bus at one in the morning. It’s the heartfelt farewell of a dear friend. It’s those heavy emotionally charged moments that often evade communication. Unless you’re Phoebe Bridgers. In my opinion, the best music captures emotion. A feat becoming increasingly rare in the industry today. But, amidst the crazed workload of a Wednesday night, lightning struck as I took a break and listened to Phoebe Bridgers for the first time. The song? Funeral.

I was immediately struck by the sincerity of her voice and her lyrics. The song is perfect in that it captures a paradox of sorts. It is as beautiful as it is sad. The song confronts an internal sadness (depression) with externally sourced emotions (empathy). Phoebe’s ability to convey sadness from a position of strength and stability is what really made me a fan. There really is no substitute for good songwriting and intelligent lyricism.