With her shimmering new single ‘Reinvent’ released last week, we caught up with Manchester artist Phoebe Green to talk making sauces, her mum’s Instagram and Amy Winehouse.

On ‘Reinvent’ Green further demonstrates her aptitude for crafting tender and powerful pop ballads. There’s a particular incisive balance between melancholic vulnerability and melodic joviality innate to Green’s songwriting that makes her songs so poignantly captivating. ‘Reinvent’ perfectly captures this as her direct, confessional lyrics are delivered with dead-pan frankness and crystalline, dulcet harmonies amidst dreamy, expansive synths and twinkling, mesmeric percussion.

Speaking on the track, Green explains “‘Reinvent’ is one of those songs where the meaning differs depending on the mood I’m in when I listen to it. When I wrote the lyrics I’d come to the end of a really exhausting period of people pleasing; for a very long time I was of the belief that if I could make everybody like me then maybe I’d be happier. I’ve since come to terms with the fact that that’s not how it works! Currently the song depicts the process of figuring out how much of myself I’m willing to give, and learning to accept the fact that regardless of my efforts, some people will like me and some people won’t, I can’t control it either way.”

Get to know Phoebe Green In Short…

Three words to describe my music…
Cathartic, self-aware, conflicting.

Last photo on your phone…
It’s of my friend asleep on my bedroom floor after consuming too much gin.

Favourite instagram account…
It’d have to be the account my mum made solely to view my stories and like my posts, I just think it’s well cute, she literally has one picture on her profile that me and my little sister did for her so page would look a little less creepy.

The best venue I’ve played…
My favourite venue has always been The Deaf Institute, I just love how it’s the perfect middle ground between intimate and intimidating, it’s small enough but not so small that you can see everyone’s faces and hear every conversation, plus there’s bunkbeds and the toilets have pink Dolly Parton wallpaper.

Earliest song you remember…
‘Reflection’ from Mulan. 

The worst job I’ve ever had…
I voluntarily litter picked on the beach near my house once, I don’t know if that counts but Christ, I hated it, it was always raining and dead cold but I felt so bad if I didn’t show up seeing as I was the only person under the age of sixty.

The thing I most love to cook is…
I’m really good at making sauces.

My Favourite word…
Divvy

A book I love…
‘The Body Is Not An Apology’ by Sonya Renee Taylor is a really interesting, insightful read.

Things that cheer me up…
My sisters, warm weather, suppressing laughter in inappropriate situations and unexpectedly forming a really strong emotional connection with someone.

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…
I’d really like to play in a cathedral, not because I’m remotely religious, but the sound would be incredible and the interior would no doubt be beautiful.

I think you should listen to…
The Mermaids soundtrack, it’s an oldie but it’s just so good, it’s my favourite thing ever.

If I could see anyone play live it would be…
It would’ve been Amy Winehouse without a doubt.

‘Reinvent’ is out now.

Photo credit: Marieke Macklon