Daily Distraction: Listen to acoustic version of Phoebe Bridgers' 'Chinese Satellite'

Did you really think I wouldn't write about it?

Joel Oliphint
Columbus Alive
Phoebe Bridgers performs at the Austin City Limits Festival on Oct. 9, 2021.

In September, before Phoebe Bridgers visited Columbus, I wrote about "Chinese Satellite," an underrated gem from the singer and songwriter's 2020 album, Punisher. (This was one of about 97 posts I've written about Bridgers in the past few years.) It's a song I loved the first time I heard it, and it just got better the more I listened.

Plus, I love Bridgers' explanation of this opening stanza: "I've been running around in circles/Pretending to be myself/Why would somebody do this on purpose/When they could do something else," she sings, later explaining on Twitter that "I tried to be a person who jogged once." 

Of course, it's about more than that, too. It's about faith, belief, unbelief, identity, the "X-Files." And in this new acoustic version, which Bridgers recorded at Sound City in Los Angeles as part of Secretly Canadian’s SC25 singles series, her voice sits up front in the mix, the words coming through with a newfound clarity, like a glittering piece of space junk on a clear night.