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Phoebe Bridgers Shares How She Took a ‘Billie Eilish Approach’ to Her Cover of Metallica’s ‘Nothing Else Matters’

Nothing else matters right now except for Phoebe Bridgers‘ new Metallica cover. The “Motion Sickness” singer’s contribution for Metallica’s upcoming compilation project The Metallica Blacklist dropped Wednesday (Aug. 11), and it’s a swirling rendition of the metal band’s 1991 track “Nothing Else Matters.”

The Metallica Blacklist,  due out Sept. 10, is a celebration of the band’s The Black Album, and featuring 53 covers from artists across numerous genres and generations. Bridgers isn’t the first to try her hand at “Nothing Else Matters” — Miley Cyrus, Elton John, Yo-Yo Ma, WATT, Robert Trujillo and Chad Smith teamed up for their own version back in June. Weezer also recently threw their heavy metal hat in the ring with a cover of “Enter Sandman.”

The indie-rock singer-songwriter joined Zane Lowe on his Apple Music show to talk about the new track, which stars Bridgers’ characteristic feathery vocals, and is adorned with soft piano and orchestral synths. “It was just so fun to take a part in it,” she told Lowe. “I feel like my version almost sounds Baroque. Literally, James [Hetfield] does all sorts of weird octave jumps and stuff that I can’t do, and I almost have a Billie Eilish approach of right by the microphone, performing it the opposite of them, which was really fun to lean into.”

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