Artist Of The Week // PHOEBE GREEN
Having just finished her first UK wide run supporting Sundara Karma, Phoebe Green’s music strikes in its ability to tackle heartfelt topics whilst maintaining an infectious indie-pop edge.
Manchester-based Phoebe Green shared her debut studio release Dreaming Of a mere few weeks ago, and has just hopped off her first UK wide tour supporting Sundara Karma, so it’s probably fair to say that 2019 looks like it’ll treat her well. The single is a dreamy slice of indie-pop that almost transcends the constraints of daily life with its ethereal synths and lulling vocal line, whilst a hypnagogic snare patters away gently. The lyricism will bring you right back down to earth though, as Phoebe tackles the heavy topic of self-worth and how we determine it.
Explaining this further, she says:
I think being a young person today it’s so easy to let the way others perceive you determine your self worth. The past few years I have felt the need to change the way I behave in order to appease others, to fit into a box and to be compliant. I no longer want to dumb myself down or be a lesser version of myself so that I’m easier to digest, and Dreaming Of is a passive aggressive, sugarcoated representation of that.
Intrigued by her insight and wanting to know more, we asked Phoebe about the feelings behind the track and her dreams, taking inspiration from the track title.
What’s a motto you live by?
Everything happens for a reason!
If your sound had a colour, what colour would it be?
For someone with synesthesia that is equally a great question and also impossible as every sound is a different colour for me, but if I have to pick one I’d say probably orangey yellowy peach.
If you could set the track to a movie, which movie would it be the soundtrack to?
I actually proper love writing filmy music as I’m big on creating imagery, and I tend to write about people like they’re film characters anyway; probably a Tim Burton one or another sort of creepy dark kids film. Or Shrek.
What’s your ultimate dream?
To play Glastonbury, definitely.
Have you ever had any particularly memorable dreams?
I literally have the weirdest dreams going. Probably not that I’d ever particularly want to discuss, you’d think I was a right weirdo!
Why do you think there’s such a need for people to change the way they are so that they’re ‘easier to digest’ as you say?
I think we are in a strange social period where with the ability to show people specific highlights of our lives, and the pressure to do so because everyone is feeding into it, it’s hard to let yourself fuck up and be human. It’s definitely becoming more common for people to be expressive and honest on social media, which is definitely breaking down the expectation of us all just posting our best bits, but yeah. I think we are all guilty of diluting our authentic selves for fear of being misunderstood and judged.
Finally, what does music mean to you?
God I’d smack myself for saying “everything” cos that sounds so daft, but it really does just feed into everything I do and every mood I’m in. A good tune can make you feel anything and I think that’s why I love it so much as I feel things so deeply, it’s nice to have an outlet.