After Trump’s loss, Phoebe Bridgers, Maggie Rogers drop ‘Iris’ cover as promised


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Cover art for “Iris” (2020) cover by Phoebe Bridgers and Maggie Rogers.

As promised, Phoebe Bridgers and Maggie Rogers delivered a heartbreaking cover of “Iris,” originally by the Goo Goo Dolls, after Donald Trump lost the election on Friday, Nov. 13.

On Nov. 3, Bridgers tweeted that she would make the cover only if Trump lost. Rogers quickly hopped on the project, and together they dropped the cover exclusively on Bandcamp. While many assumed their exchange was just a joke, the day all state races had been called, they delivered.

The single was available for free streaming or paid download for one day only, and all proceeds raised went to Fair Fight — Stacey Abrams’ organization working to end voter suppression. The pair have both been active about their political interests, and with Georgia senate special elections looming in January, their contribution makes perfect sense.

After only 24 hours of access, “Iris” will likely be featured on the Billboard Hot 100 list for the week with over 28,000 paid downloads in the U.S.

“Iris” is astoundingly beautiful. Known for her floaty soprano and sad songs, Bridgers was able to transform the 1998 rock ballad into something soft and acoustic. Rogers grounds the melody with her hearty alto lines, contrasting perfectly with Bridgers’ signature tone. 

The “Motion Sickness” singer is a favorite for the raw emotion she always brings to her music. While she may not be able to replicate Ariana Grande’s complex runs or match Taylor Swift’s perfect pitch, Bridgers more than makes up for it in the feelings she projects to her audience. “Iris” is no different. 

With Bridgers in the lead, “Iris” feels less and less like a Goo Goo Dolls song and more like something we’d find in her voice notes app. The fun she and Rogers had while making this comes through, making it even more of a joy to listen to.

Simplicity is Bridgers’ calling card — her exposed lines transform “Iris” from an epic soundtrack piece from “City of Angels” to something more intimate. Listening to this feels like we get to see directly into her mind. 

Rogers adds a different color to Bridgers’ cool tones — something more earthy and warm. Their complementary harmonies on the chorus blend together to create a perfect balance. The “Alaska” singer takes the lead on the second verse, which suited her sultry sound. 

With her last project released a year ago, fans of Rogers have been itching to hear more. While they wait for the archive of self-produced records she’s been teasing, this will hold them over if they were able to download it in time. 

The original band, the Goo Goo Dolls, were impressed with the direction Bridgers and Rogers took the song. After over a decade, the two were able to take something old and make it new again. Their ability to transform this classic to something soft and heartbreaking was absolutely incredible.

While there aren’t many places to access “Iris” by Bridgers & Rodgers, fans are begging for them to make it streamable, so here’s hoping. 

Rating: 5/5 stars