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Bright Eyes and Phoebe Bridgers cover Elliott Smith's "St. Ides Heaven"

22 March 2022, 14:43 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Bright Eyes have released a cover of Elliott Smith's "St. Ides Heaven" with Phoebe Bridgers, which is lifted from their Letting Off The Happiness: A Companion EP.

After announcing reissues of their A Collection of Songs Written and Recorded 1995-1997, Letting Off The Happiness and Fevers and Mirrors albums last month with news of their Companion series, Bright Eyes have unveiled a cover of Elliott Smith's "St. Ides Heaven", which originally featured on the late artist's 1995 self-titled second album.

Bright Eyes' cover is lifted from their Letting Off The Happiness: A Companion EP, and features additional vocals from frequent collaborator Phoebe Bridgers.

Each of the Bright Eyes reissues will be teamed with a six-track companion EP that will feature five reworked songs from the original albums, as well as a cover of an artist they "found particularly inspiring at the time of the original recording."

Conor Oberst said of the reissue campaign, "It’s a meaningful way to connect with the past that doesn’t feel totally nostalgic and self-indulgent. We are taking these songs and making them interesting to us all over again. I like that. I like a challenge. I like to be forced to do something that’s slightly hard, just to see if we can."

Bright Eyes' cover of "St. Ides Heaven" is out now. The first three Bright Eyes reissues will arrive via Dead Oceans on 27 May, and are available to pre-order now.
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