On Phoebe Bridgers, Ghosts, and Copycat Killers

I’ve had the new Phoebe Bridgers record on heavy rotation since it came out on Thursday, and while I’m not yet sure where it stands in comparison to her past work, I seem to keep swinging back to that title track. “Punisher” is Bridgers’ sung letter to the late Elliott Smith, a gesture through the veil at the Portland songwriter she describes as one of her biggest influences, her own signature…