STORY OF SONG
“Motion Sickness” is the second track from American singer and songwriter Phoebe Bridgers and her 2017 debut album “Stranger in the Alps”, which was released through American indie record label Dead Oceans.
“Motion Sickness” was produced and written by Bridgers and Marshall Vore in 2017, and has become a firm favourite among fans of Bridgers. When performing the song live in an NPR Tiny Desk session, Bridgers explained its meaning:
“being in love with someone who is super mean to you… like conflicted feelings.”
However, she later revealed more detail, explaining to radio station KCRW that the track was about Ryan Adams, who recorded Bridger’s 2015 EP “Killer”. IN 2019, the New York Times wrote an article regarding Adams, and that many artists (as well as Bridgers) came forward to describe Adams as abusive and believed that he used his influence to control young female artists.
The music video for “Motion Sickness” was uploaded to Bridger’s YouTube channel in August 2017 and was directed by Justin Mitchell. The video shows Bridgers in a black suit and tie, sitting on a bed singing directly to the camera as she then travels around LA on a scooter, leading to Bridgers singing the end of the track in a karaoke bar. As of late January 2020, the video has 5.3 million views and over 85 thousand likes.
Release Date: 19th July 2017
Songwriter/s: Phoebe Bridgers & Marshall Vore
Producer/s: Tony Berg & Ethan Gruska
Label: Dead Oceans
Music Video Release Date: 23rd August 2017
Music Video Director: Justin Mitchell
Chart Rankings: “Motion Sickness” reached peak chart position of #26 on the US Adult Alternative Airplay chart.
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