BIMM Manchester’s Phoebe Green has been causing quite the industry stir of late. Since signing with Chess Club records in March 2019, the young Songwriting alumna has featured in influential tastemaker magazines and music media outlets, as well as supporting the likes of Nadine Shah and label mates Sundara Karma on their recent UK tour.
Green’s debut project ‘02:00 AM‘ landed in 2016, and since then it has become a viral phenomenon, clocking up millions of streams completely independently. Album track ‘Sagittarius’ was also featured on Huw Stephens’ BBC Introducing show on BBC Radio 1.
Her debut single proper ‘Dreaming Of’, which was released in late March, was recently listed in the ‘Hottest Track‘ section of the Sunday Times Culture Magazine, who described the curious alt pop release as “Perfection”.
The track was produced by Kaines and Tom A.D – in actuality Alex Robertshaw of Mercury Award-winning Manchester band ‘Everything Everything’ and renowned engineer Tom Fuller – and has since featured in the Line Of Best Fit, Clash Magazine, DIY and Pitchfork.
The vibrant and empowering single was put out by independent label Chess Club, with whom Green signed a record deal back in March ’19. There, she keeps good company with a past and present roster including the likes of MØ, Billie Marten, Wolf Alice, Jungle, Mumford & Sons and Alfie Templeman to name just a few.
Speaking about her debut single’s lyrical content, Phoebe explained to Clash magazine “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.”
She continued, “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.”
With such positivity and industry buzz surrounding Phoebe’s work so far, we’re certain 2019 could well be the year the young songwriter breaks into the mainstream.
Catch her live on her upcoming mini-tour, in which she’ll perform intimate live gigs in Libraries in Coventry, Liverpool and Huddersfield as part of the Get Loud In Libraries initiative. Tickets available here.
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