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Phoebe Bridgers unveils three new "Kyoto" remixes

19 August 2021, 15:05 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Phoebe Bridgers has released three new remixes of her Punisher track "Kyoto" by Glitch Gum, Bartees Strange and The Marías.

"Kyoto" was originally released in April 2020 as the lead single from Bridgers' second album Punisher, and after dropping a new version of the track with Jackson Browne in March, Bridgers has delivered three remixes by Glitch Gum, Bartees Strange and The Marías.

Glitch Gum says of his remix, "All I know is one day, when I was in between Zoom classes last Fall, I thought, "Man, what if Phoebe Bridgers did hyperpop?" That idea turned into a 30-second snippet of "Kyoto", which turned into a full song, which turned into working with Phoebe and her team to make this little quarantine project come full circle in ways I could never even fathom. It was so fun deconstructing the musical realms of both Phoebe and I and combining them into something that filled the hyperpop-indie-crossover-shaped hole in my brain. I am just really happy with how it turned out and forever thankful for Phoebe, her friends, and their continuous support."

"I wanted to find a way to make this song hit in a completely different way, but still retain some of the big and small moments that make the song special to me," Bartees Strange says of his rework. "At first I was thinking through how I could use the stems, but the more I got into it the more I wanted to take it somewhere else entirely. Crushing tune, glad I could mess around with it."

The Marías add of their version, "I remember seeing Phoebe years ago at an open mic here in Los Angeles, and I knew right off the bat that she was really special. Working on this remix was a sort of full circle moment for us. "Kyoto" is an amazing song as-is, so with the remix we were just curious to see what it would sound like with the vocal slowed down and adding some of our favorite synth sounds behind it."

Glitch Gum, Bartees Strange and The Marías' remixes of Phoebe Bridgers' "Kyoto" are out now.
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