If you are into indie, emo rock, skeletons and weeping, then Phoebe Bridgers is probably really familiar to you. If you aren’t, then you certainly should start. She has been on the scene for a while, but with her four (first-time) Grammy nominations, she has gained a lot of acclaim in the last year. She is also nominated for Best Alternative Music Album for Punisher, Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance, in addition to the Best New Artist award.
She got a lot of press because of this, and they touched on several things in a video interview with her colleague Beabadoobee for Consequence of Sound on December 28. One of them is how, during quarantine, they both rewatched the Twilight saga. Bridgers pointed out that the music was well received and that both their music and the music of Beabadoobee performed well on those albums.
“I think we both got ripped off that Twilight didn’t come out when we did, because as you know, we’d both be on that f*cking soundtrack,” said Bridgers. “A thousand percent. I love that soundtrack.”
Here are some songs from Punisher in the spirit of that sentiment that will fit in Twilight (and one of them in New Moon).
1. ‘Song from the Moon’
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We’re bending the rules a little, right off the bat.
Because if Bella was looking out the New Moon window, where Lykke Li’s “Moon Song” is currently, “Possibility” would suit. It certainly sounds a little different, but the atmosphere is really similar.
The song is depressingly sad; there are a number of songs by Bridgers.
And she writes them in such a way that through the music she gets through that very well.
That requires this scene.
Even, after Edward Cullen leaves her, the scene where Bella is in the deepest stage of her depression needs a song that catches it; “Moon Song” can do that. It can be interpreted in several ways, but one way Bridgers characterized it was to love someone who doesn’t love themselves, and how hard it can be to bottle up a lot of stuff so that because of it you don’t dump on them. Sounds a little bit like Bella and Edward. Just a little bit, okay?
2. ‘The End I Know’
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But it is portrayed in a way by Bridgers as a purgatory, reflecting apocalyptic vibes.
The first section of the song could suit any sort of montage moment, particularly in the first movie when Edward and Bella meet and they are seen spending time in the woods and in the rain. Edward Cullen often portrayed high school as purgatory.
In a fantastic way, the conclusion of the album is very chaotic and has a finality to it. So it might act like an ending song, except at the end of the movies, none of them have such a final sound.
Except for Part 2 of Breaking Dawn, and it does not suit there.
But because Bridgers was directly influenced by My Chemical Romance for this album, and so was Stephenie Meyer in writing Twilight, ‘I Know The End’ is a great Twilight contender.
“Kyoto” is about Bridgers’ relationship with her father, which isn’t the strongest, but it’s not totally gone either. It’s also an upbeat song, which, if you didn’t listen to the introspective lyrics, you might think is a happy tune. It uses horns and has a music video that’s just wild. It basically screams “put me in a Twilight movie.”
Because it’s upbeat, but has this less-than-cheerful lyricism, it could go anywhere.
But it would work really well in “Eclipse.” Again, a rule violation, but this is a Phoebe Bridgers list, so it’s fine.
“ICU” is one of the few other “upbeat” songs on Punisher, and it’s about someone who really brought you out of your depression. Someone who also brought out the “light” in you. But after a breakup, that’s no longer the case. Of course, the chorus says “I feel something when I see you,” but the play on words with the title “ICU,” like the hospital ward, is very Phoebe.
And fits the teenage angst of the Twilight saga.
Again, there’s no exact place for it, but it would fit well with Muse and Bon Iver.
5. ‘Savior Complex’
Another odd parallel to Twilight: “Savior Complex” was written by Bridgers in his sleep – or the melody was – and the famous meadow scene from the first Twilight also came to Meyer’s mind in a dream. So it’s only fitting that “Savior Complex” would play during the meadow scene.
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