Each holiday season, Phoebe Bridgers releases a new cover as a charity benefit single. This year she's taking on "Day After Tomorrow," a 2004 song by Tom Waits. Proceeds will benefit The International Institute of Los Angeles, an organization supporting refugees, immigrants, and sex-trafficking victims.
The timing of the song's release gives it a poignant new context. The original was written as a protest of the Iraq War, and Bridgers makes her version season-appropriate by switching the production from folky and tactile to plush and pseudo-ambient. We just may have a new standby for our ever-growing depressing Christmas songs playlist.
Previous editions of Bridgers's holiday charity single series have included Merle Haggard’s "If We Make It Through December," "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," Matt Berninger and McCarthy Trenching’s ‘Christmas Song’ with Jackson Browne, and Simon & Garfunkel’s "7 O’Clock News / Silent Night," a duet with Fiona Apple. All of the songs were collected on the EP If We Make It Through December. In October, Bridgers released a cover of Bo Burnham's "That Funny Feeling" in support of Texas Abortion Funds.