There Are Now Three New Versions of Phoebe Bridgers’ “Kyoto” That Exist in This World

Bartees Strange, Glitch Gum, and The Marías take on the David Crosby antagonist.

Some people have been talking about Phoebe Bridgers oversaturation, but the latest drop from the Punisher songwriter might make some of those folks rethink that sentiment. Bartees Strange, Glitch Gum, and The Marías have taken on one of the singles from her 2020 album and given it a complete makeover in three vastly different shades—explosive electro-jazz, hyperpop, and chillwave-funk.

“I wanted to find a way to make this song hit in a completely different way, but still retain some of the big and small moments that make the song special to me,” Strange shared. “At first I was thinking through how I could use the stems, but the more I got into it the more I wanted to take it somewhere else entirely. Crushing tune, glad I could mess around with it.” Meanwhile The Marías were “curious to see what it would sound like with the vocal slowed down and adding some of our favorite synth sounds behind it.”

“All I know is one day, when I was in between Zoom classes last fall, I thought, ‘Man, what if Phoebe Bridgers did hyperpop?'” Glitch Gum added. “That idea turned into a 30-second snippet of ‘Kyoto,’ which turned into a full song, which turned into working with Phoebe and her team to make this little quarantine project come full circle in ways I could never even fathom. It was so fun deconstructing the musical realms of both Phoebe and I and combining them into something that filled the hyperpop-indie-crossover-shaped hole in my brain. I am just really happy with how it turned out and forever thankful for Phoebe, her friends, and their continuous support.”

Honestly, they’re all really great. Check them out below.


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