Two of our favourite artists, Arlo Parks and Phoebe Bridgers, recently teamed up for the Piano Session on Radio 1’s Chillest Show, hosted by Phil Taggart. With Parks on piano and both musicians on vocals, the two videos – one a cover of Radiohead’s Fake Plastic Trees and the other of Bridgers’ Kyoto – are breathtaking.
Speaking on the collaboration, Bridgers said: “I can’t remember who sent Arlo to me initially but it was all I listened to for a couple of weeks, which is funny because she doesn’t have that much music. I became a really big fan and we started DMing. She covered Moon Song and I was like, ‘This is the coolest thing ever.’ I was in London working on stuff and we went into a church and filmed us covering Radiohead and one of my songs.”
On the rendition of Kyoto, Bridgers added: “The coolest thing about this version is that it highlights how sad it is. Also, Arlo’s voice is just so cool and it’s very different from mine so I think we complement each other a lot. It’s a really sad song. I initially wrote it as a ballad and it turned into an uptempo song, but when you read the lyrics it’s a really sad song.”
Phoebe Bridgers released new album Punisher earlier this year, and Arlo Parks recently released her latest single Hurt.