Phoebe Bridgers has shared her rendition of Metallica’s ‘Nothing Else Matters’, the latest contribution to the upcoming covers compilation The Metallica Blacklist. Bridgers’ version of the power ballad was produced with Ethan Gruska and Tony Berg. Listen to it below.
“It was just so fun to take a part in it,” Bridgers told Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1. “I feel like my version almost sounds baroque. Literally, James 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.”
She added: “I’ve always been a big Metallica fan. I think it’s funny, my intro to them was probably way later than so many people who have always loved them. But when I was a teenager, I went to Outside Lands and I definitely knew Metallica songs from video games and stuff, but I went to Outside Lands and saw their set and was like, ‘This is a rock band. It’s kind of a gateway to metal because they’re so hooky and you can hold onto so much of it and it actually can get stuck in your head.’ So that’s what I’ve always loved about Metallica is that they don’t shy away from a great hook.”
The Metallica Blacklist, which also features covers from Weezer, OFF!, Miley Cyrus, St. Vincent, and more, is due for release on September 10.