A talent like Phoebe Bridgers does not come along often. She sings songs the way she hears them in her head… not overly produced… not filled with clichés or equivocation. Unadorned stories, without theatrics or extra notes or words. Questions, often without answers. Phoebe wrote her first song at age 11, spent her adolescence at open mic nights, and busked through her teenage years at farmers markets in her native Los Angeles. She is a graduate of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. “I think most of my musical education had to do with being around a ton of teenagers who listened to music all the time,” she says. “At school I had classical training for my voice, but I think being surrounded by people who were really enthusiastic about art and going to concerts all the time was the real education.” By age 20, she’d caught the ear of Ryan Adams, who listened to her perform her song “Killer” and invited her to record it in his studio the next day. The session grew into the three-song ‘Killer’ EP. On September 22, 2017, Phoebe released her debut album Stranger in the Alps to generally positive reviews. The album was produced by Tony Berg and Ethan Gruska. On March 12, 2018 the social networking site Pebbal named Stranger in the Alps the best album of 2017. Her lyrics are honest and evocative… her voice is strong and commandingly beautiful.
For a musician just a few years shy of 30, Noah Gundersen displays a remarkable sense of self-awareness. He’s not really an “old soul,” so to speak—but someone who conveys a keen sort of cognizance of himself in the way one does when the act of questioning belief, of questioning the world around him, has been ingrained from childhood. Noah is the product of a lifetime of pushing boundaries and learning to craft his own perspective. His parents, although devoutly religious, encouraged a questioning of dogma and church hierarchy. They also instilled in him a love of music from an early age. Along with starting Noah on piano at age nine, Noah’s father taught him melody and tracked songs to a reel-to-reel tape recorder while Noah was growing up. Consequently, Noah started writing and recording himself at age 13, diving headlong into music, forming and leading bands, involving himself in the small but vibrant hardcore scene of Centralia, Washington, and writing prolifically all the while. After quitting his day job at 18 and spending a year living out of his car and on couches, playing small bars and coffee shops, Noah began to build a dedicated following and garner in-terest from the music industry. His newest CD White Noise, which, with its wall-of-sound production style and notably mature, almost world-weary lyrical motifs and musings on modern-day culture, represents the culmination of Noah’s writing and production efforts. Even Magnet Magazine took notice in Noah’s new direction on Carry The Ghost, noting that it “has a darker, somehow even more melancholy vibe that brings Gundersen’s fragile songwriting even closer to Jeff Buckley’s.”
In her mid-twenties, Noah’s sister Gabby Gundersen seems content to take a backseat in his music… contributing vocals, violin, cello and keyboards. Abby has collaborated with her brother, both playing and singing harmony on every release and even co-producing Ledges. As happens so often with musical siblings, there’s an intuitive bond that makes working together natural and effortless. Yet it’s Abby, now 23 and the second oldest biological Gundersen, who many say truly activates Gundersen’s delicate arrangements. For her part, Abby says, “I definitely feel like I’m a very important part of what Noah does. On a relational level, we’re just really comfortable with each other and we’ve toured a lot together. He’s the type of person I can be quiet with, or goof around with. Musically, I can pick up on what I need to play, or what I need to sing. We hear each other out pretty well. It’s a natural connection. “I always see myself working with him,” she adds. “It’s a powerful gift, and I get to be there with him to bring it across.”