Phoebe Bridgers has covered Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” for the charity compilation, The Metallica Blacklist.
Bridgers produced her cover with Ethan Gruska and Tony Berg, and collaborated with Marshall Vore and Rob Moose. With soft piano lines and tender vocals, Bridgers truly adds her own twist to “Nothing Else Matters.”
“It was just so fun to take a part in it,” Bridgers tells Apple Music 1’s Zane 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.”
Listen to Bridgers’ cover of “Nothing Else Matters” below.
“I’ve always been a big Metallica fan,” Bridgers adds. “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 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 is out on September 10th and will be full of covers from huge artists. It’s a fundraiser for Metallica’s All Within My Hands and a charity of the contributing artists’ choice. It’ll feature covers from artists like St. Vincent, PUP, Moses Sumney, Mac Demarco, and many more.
The Metallica Blacklist will be released alongside a 30th anniversary reissue of their 1991 self-titled album. The forthcoming deluxe box set will feature a 2xLP, a picture disc, three live LPS, 14 CDs, six DVDs, a hardcover book, and more. The Metallica Blacklist is an expansive 53-track covers album that will benefit a whole slew of charities.
Pre-order Blacklist and check out the full tracklist here.