Today, Phoebe Bridgers unveiled her cover of the Metallica classic “Nothing Else Matter.” The track is Phoebe’s contribution to The Metallica Blacklist, a collection of 53 covers featuring songs from the heavy metal band’s legendary The Black Album which arrives for download and on streaming services September 10 with vinyl and CD editions due on October 1 via Blackened Records.
St. Vincent, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Kamasi Washington, Chris Stapleton, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Mac DeMarco and Goodnight, Texas are among other acts that covered The Black Album tracks for The Metallica Blacklist. Proceeds from the compilation will be split between Metallica’s All Within My Hands charitable foundation and a charity of each artist’s choice.
“It was just so fun to take a part in it. I feel like my version almost sounds Baroque,” Phoebe told Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1 about her interpretation. “Literally, James 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.”
Bridgers spoke with Lowe about her late introduction to Metallica:
I’ve always been a big Metallica fan. 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 I definitely knew Metallica songs from video games and stuff, but 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.
Listen to Phoebe Bridgers’ “Nothing Else Matters” below: