Phoebe Bridgers has put her take on a Merle Haggard standard.
Life’s what you make of it, and for Phoebe Bridgers, the challenges of 2020 haven’t diminished her creative drive one bit.
Starting it with one of the year’s highest acclaimed albums, Punisher, continuing with various live appearances (for the launch of Versus Creative 50on50 and with Arlo Parks on BBC Radio 1 covering Radiohead to name just two), and continuing recently with the reworked Copycat Killer EP, she’s now supporting the Downtown Women’s Center organization with a holiday themed cover.
If We Make It Through December is Bridgers’ second festive-time charity single in as many years, after 2019’s went towards Planned Parenthood.
“Bridgers has a nineties child’s knack of being able to zoom in and out focus, to stack the banal and the vital next to each other; opener Garden Song is as wistfully beautiful as anything on her debut, but she confesses, ‘And when I grow up, I’m gonna look up/From my phone and see my life, before dousing a relationship with apathy: ‘You touch my leg, and I insist/But I wake up before we do it’,” our Punisher review reads.
“It’s not unexpected, but is understandable, that some of this bravery to speak comes from strength in numbers: Punisher features contributions from Connor Oberst, as well as Nathaniel Walcott (of Bright Eyes), Nick Zinner (of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Jenny Lee Lindberg (of Warpaint) and Blake Mills. Of the results, the singer has declared without hubris: ‘I really love Punisher. If people hate it, I’m not scared.’”