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Phoebe Bridgers teams up with Jackson Browne for a new version of ‘Kyoto’


Phoebe Bridgers has joined forces with veteran singer-songwriter Jackson Browne for a new, even more downbeat, version of ‘Kyoto’.

The brand new reworking of a track that appeared on her highly acclaimed sophomore studio album, Punisher, which came out last year and has since received numerous Grammy nominations. The newly reworked version of the track appears on the Spotify Singles series, and Bridgers has also delivered a delicious cover of the late John Prine song ‘Summer’s End’.

Spotify is currently shining a light on all the artists nominated for Best New Artist at the Grammys 2021. The streaming service will also share new Singles recordings from fellow nominees Chika, D Smoke, Noah Cyrus and Ingrid Andress.

Bridgers described the cover as a “sadder version” of ‘Kyoto’. The track has been toned down and features intimate acoustic guitar instrumental, with Browne offering up a quietened vocal performance that adds an atmospherical edge to the ‘Kyoto’. There’s also a heart-warming moment in Bridgers’ version of ‘Summer’s End’, which begins with a loving belated birthday phone message from her father.

The singer-songwriter recently got stuck into a war of words Bridgers with David Crosby, who she labelled a “little bitch” after he complained about her guitar-smashing antics on SNL.

“Pathetic,” Crosby took to Twitter to write in a Q&A when a fan asked for his thoughts on the end of Bridgers’ performance. The 26-year-old singer then responded by simply writing, “little bitch”, which seemingly irritated Crosby even further.

After leaving it for a day, Crosby returned to the platform to post: “Guitars are for playing…making music,” he said, before adding that he does “not give a flying F if others have done it before… It’s still stupid.”

Check out the new version of ‘Kyoto’ and her cover of John Prine’s ‘Summer’s End’, below.