“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.”