Published Nov 29, 2018Phoebe Bridgers recently showcased her collaborative spirit with indie supergroup boygenius on their debut EP, and now she's teamed up with Jackson Browne for a festive new track.
The pair covered a 2008 track by McCarthy Trenching, which is appropriately titled "Christmas Song."
It's as beautifully melancholic as you'd expect from an artist like Bridgers, though there are some sleigh bells to bring up the mood a bit midway through the song.
"The first time I heard this song it hit me like a ton of bricks. A lot of McCarthy Trenching songs do that," Bridgers said in a statement. "It's not that often that I hear a Christmas song that doesn't make me want to quit music. I played a show in L.A. around the holidays last year where I covered it for the first time. Jackson Browne was there, and he came up to me after the show to tell me how much he loved the song."
She added, "A couple days later, Dan [McCarthy of McCarthy Trenching] got a Bandcamp notification on his desktop computer that someone paid 50 bucks for his record and wrote a nice note and signed it Jackson Browne. He thought someone was fucking with him. So when I decided to record a version of the song, I knew who I wanted to sing on it."
Listen to that idea come to fruition by streaming "Christmas Song" below.