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Phoebe Bridgers drops a vacation cowl of ‘So Much Wine’

Singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers continued her run of somber Christmas-song activism on Thursday by dropping a canopy of the Good-looking Household’s 2000 music “So Much Wine.”

Every vacation season since 2017, when Bridgers launched a canopy of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” the L.A.-based artist has shared her tackle a Christmas basic. This yr the proceeds will go to the Los Angeles LGBT Heart.

Bridgers’ melancholic, acoustic or stripped-down covers act as counter-programming of kinds, trudging in opposition to the blizzard of cheery, maximalist vacation music that fills purchasing malls and commercials throughout the Christmas season.

Bridgers anchors the “So Much Wine” cowl along with her signature folksy acoustic guitar. Her weak, empathetic vocals match the unhappy lyrics of the music, written by Rennie Sparks of the Good-looking Household, wherein the speaker laments a cherished one’s battle with alcohol dependancy.

“I had nothing to say on Christmas Day / When you threw all your clothes in the snow,” the music begins.

Then within the music’s refrain and emotional excessive level — swelling with harmonies, with a fiddle riffing and percussion thumping — Bridgers affords an impassioned plea: “Listen to me, butterfly / There’s only so much wine / That you can drink in one life / But it will never be enough / To save you from the bottom of your glass.”

The monitor options backup vocals from Bridgers’ boyfriend, the “Normal People” actor Paul Mescal. Providing extra vocals, fiddle and whistling is singer a multi-instrumentalist Andrew Chook, who additionally performed violin on the Good-looking Household’s 2000 album “In the Air,” which incorporates the unique “So Much Wine.”

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The Good-looking Household’s music has been described as gothic nation, coloured by macabre storytelling. Sparks, one half of the husband-wife duo, described their music to NPR in 2016 as “catharsis” and “a safe place to experience really terrifying things.”

Bridgers’ music appears to stream seamlessly from such meditations on the grim. She informed The Instances earlier this yr that she “learned that there can be fun in the darkness,” describing the Día de los Muertos-inspired skeleton jumpsuits she typically dons on stage.

In newer years, as Bridgers started committing the proceeds of her annual vacation releases to numerous nonprofit organizations, her covers grew extra terse and politically charged.

In 2019, she, Fiona Apple and Matt Berninger dropped a canopy of Simon and Garfunkel’s 1966 music “7 O’Clock News/Silent Night.” Bridgers sings the Christmas hymn over news-radio programming of assorted currents occasions, equivalent to authorized opposition to abortion entry, the opioid epidemic and the homicide of Botham Jean, a Black man who was shot and killed inside his personal residence by a white, off-duty Dallas Police Division patrol officer Amber Guyger.

“Happy Holidays to everyone whose family has been literally or figuratively torn apart by Donald Trump,” Bridgers wrote on Fb to advertise the music. “And to my racist, xenophobic, misogynistic, hypocritical family members, f— you.”

The proceeds of that yr’s monitor went to Deliberate Parenthood.

Final yr, from Bridgers coated Tom Waits’ “Day After Tomorrow,” a music informed from the attitude of a soldier coming back from warfare who’s grappling with having killed individuals for his nation. Proceeds benefitted the Native Integration & Household Empowerment Division of the Worldwide Institute of Los Angeles, which helps immigrants, refugees and low-income staff within the metropolis.

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The group on the heart of this vacation’s launch, the L.A. LGBT Heart, is a nonprofit that assists individuals every month with companies that together with medical care, senior companies, homeless-youth housing and authorized companies, and is without doubt one of the few federally certified well being facilities with suppliers who focus on main take care of lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender and gender nonconforming individuals and other people dwelling with HIV.

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