Phoebe Bridgers has delivered a stirring cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s track ‘7 O’Clock News/Silent Night’. She got Fiona Apple to help her out on vocals, while The National’s Matt Berninger plays the newscaster.
“Happy Holidays to everyone whose family has been literally or figuratively torn apart by Donald Trump,” said Bridgers in a statement alongside the release of the cover.
“And to my racist, xenophobic, misogynistic, hypocritical family members, fuck you. Thanks Fiona, Matt, Simon, and Garfunkel.”
On the track, Berninger reads out headlines from stories about Amber Guyger’s murder of Botham Jean, the abortion debate, and Trump’s impeachment inquiry.
‘7 O’Clock News/Silent Night’ is the third Christmas release from Phoebe Bridgers in as many years. It follows ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ in 2017 and ‘Christmas Song’ from 2018.
It’s also the second collaboration we’ve seen between Phoebe Bridgers and Matt Berninger. They teamed up on ‘Walking on a String’ back in October.
All of the proceeds from the cover will go to Planned Parenthood.
Phoebe Bridgers is working on her new album at the moment.
“The production is totally different to my first record,” she told NME.
“People still kind of think of me as like a folk artist, but on the first record, I truly was deferring to other people to produce me. I basically had these country folk songs. [On the new record] I do a little bit of screaming on what we’ve recorded so far.”
Also, Fiona Apple has said she might be releasing something early next year.