So, my first impression of Phoebe? The striking resemblance she has to the green-haired, pants-less cartoon chick hunched over a toilet on her new single’s cover art–flashing deviled horns with one hand and sporting a fruity-ass cocktail to her right.
“Fill my cup with zero fucks.” Not a bad opening line for her new kiss-off single “Forgetting All About You.” Pour ’em up.
Phoebe embraces the club life, happy-go-lucky-go-fuck-yourself attitude and all. The club was goin’ up (on a Tuesday) at First Avenue’s 7th St. Entry.
Molly Kate Kestner opened up the Entry with a more subdued, soulful singer-songwriter set. Then, MORGXN swooped in with his danceable pop bangers. By the time 11:00 rolled around, the crowd was all warmed up for Phoebe.
She kicked things off right away with one of her best-known singles “Mine.”
“I found gold in the wreckage, put it on a necklace/ Keepin’ it ’cause I, I, I, I know that it’s mine.” We didn’t forget, Phoebe. This one’s all you, and arguably the song that put her on the map back in 2015.
Now, the Entry is generally known to be a pretty relaxed venue. There are always a handful of folks lining the stage up front, fully-invested in the music. Then, there are the guys and gals chilling over at the bar–having their sidebar convos, tuning in from afar. But, safe to say, that opening track seized everyone’s attention right off the bat.
Phoebe Ryan’s the kind of name that may not be as mainstream as artist like Tove Lo or Carly Rae Jepsen, but Pheobe delivers the same bubbly brand of electro-pop, with all the sass.
Only a week into her North American headline tour this fall, she’s worked her way up from “opener” to “headliner.” On her climb to pop-stardom, she’s written songs for artists Bea Miller, Melanie Martinez, Britney Spears and, even more recently, lent her vocals to The Chainsmokers’ hit “All We Know.”
“James,” her latest EP, digs up the doubts of a past relationship in search of something real–as seen in the moody, hip-hop single “Be Real.”
“You’ve been spending your life/ Using words like a shield/ I know it’s easier telling lies/ But tonight, just be real.”
The 5-song EP gives you “James” relationship snippets beginning to end–the lusty highs and rueful lows–all while retaining that same upbeat, synth-pop feel. I’m excited to see her venturing into more collaborations, the latest being the aforementioned feature on the EP “Forgetting All About You,” with R&B singer and rapper blackbear.
“Every afternoon, I’m stoned as shit/ Higher than the moon, not wearing pants/Laughing at cartoons, it’s super fun/ Forgetting all about you”
Let’s be real, we all have a “James” in our life we’d rather not remember. Thanks for a good time, Phoeb’s. It was fun to forget.