Covers performed by Phoebe Bridgers have received many a recent notice here at Cover Me. The selections run the gamut, from Metallica and McCartney to Wheatus and A Star is Born. It’s a far less common occurrence, though, for us to have as many takes on Phoebe’s own songs performed by others — let alone a pair in such rapid succession, alongside Spacey Jane last week.
Completing the Bridgers twofer is a ska version of “Kyoto” — courtesy of JER, a.k.a. trombonist Jer Hunter of We Are the Union, and Skatune Network. JER goes all-out in their arrangement, giving the tempo a turbo boost and letting loose the sugar-rush energy that already surges beneath Bridgers’ original take. JER bops around their home studio as if they’re in the thick of the crowd, blowing out the song’s built-in horn lines and demonstrating some impeccable solo skanking form. The whole thing is unabashed and glorious.
Plenty more selections from Skatune Network can be found here. Check out JER’s ska cover of Phoebe Bridgers’s “Kyoto” below.