Bright Eyes have shared a new cover of “St. Idles Heaven” by Elliott Smith, featuring Phoebe Bridgers. The song is set to appear on the Conor Oberst-led trio’s upcoming reissue of 1998’s Letting Off The Happiness.

The cover arrives as Bright Eyes are preparing a complete reissue of their entire discography. Expanded and remastered editions of the band’s first three albums—A Collection of Songs Written and Recorded 1995-1997, Letting Off The Happiness, and Fevers and Mirrors—are all due out on May 27th via Dead Oceans. Each album will arrive alongside a companion EP featuring five reworked originals from the corresponding album in addition to a cover “of the era” when the LP was recorded.

For “St. Idles Heaven”, Oberst recruited his Better Oblivion Community Center bandmate, Phoebe Bridgers. Together, they transform the dour evening walk into an electrified sprint, weaving between parked cars and broken bottles. Bridgers’ vocals meet Oberst’s to give the song a tenderness that hints back to the version from Smith’s 1995 self-titled debut.

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In addition to the covers, the Bright Eyes companion pieces will also hear Oberst and multi-instrumentalists Mike Mogis and Nathaniel Walcott revisit their earlier material and rework it entirely. The ambitious undertaking will yield 54 new Bright Eyes recordings over the coming year.

Listen to Bright Eyes cover Elliott Smith’s “St. Idles Heaven” with Phoebe Bridgers from the Letting Off The Happiness companion EP. Visit the band’s website to pre-order the three upcoming reissues. Bright Eyes are preparing for their first full-fledged North American tour in 11 years, set to begin tonight, March 23rd, at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, MN. Scroll down for a full list of tour dates and click here for tickets.

Bright Eyes ft. Phoebe Bridgers – “St. Idles Heaven” (Elliott Smith)

Bright Eyes 2022 Tour

03-23 St. Paul, MN – Palace Theatre

03-24 Milwaukee, WI – The Riverside Theater

03-25 Madison, WI – The Sylvee

03-26 Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre

03-27 Detroit, MI – The Cathedral Theatre at the Masonic

03-29 Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room

03-30 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant

03-31 Louisville, KY – Paristown Hall

04-01 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium

04-02 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre

04-03 Columbus, OH – Express Live!

04-05 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE

04-06 Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre

04-07 Boston, MA – Roadrunner

04-08 Philadelphia, PA – The Met

04-09 Washington, D.C. – The Anthem

04-10 Norfolk, VA – The NorVa

05-19 Oklahoma City, OK – The Jones Assembly

05-20 Dallas, TX – The Factory in Deep Ellum

05-21 Austin, TX – ACL Live at the Moody Theater

05-22 Houston, TX – The Lawn at White Oak Music Hall

05-23 New Orleans, LA – Orpheum Theater

05-25 Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall

05-26 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live

05-27 Miami Beach, FL – Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater

05-28 St Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre

05-29 Atlanta, GA – The Eastern

05-31 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte

06-01 Cincinatti, OH – Brady Music Center *

06-02 Richmond, VA – Brown’s Island *

06-03 Ashbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summerstage *

06-04 New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall *

06-05 Lafayette, NY – Beak and Skiff Apple Orchards *

06-15 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory

06-16 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory

06-17 Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre

06-18 Troutdale, OR – McMenamin’s Edgefield Amphitheatre

06-20 San Francisco, CA – The Masonic

06-23 Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre +

06-24 San Diego, CA – Soma

06-25 Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren

06-28 Salt Lake City, UT – The Union

06-30 Denver, CO – The Mission Ballroom

07-01 Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater

07-02 Omaha, NE – The Admiral

07-03 Omaha, NE – The Admiral

08-12 Oslo, Norway – Øyafestivalen 2022

08-14 Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega

08-16 Hamburg, Germany – Fabrik

08-17 Prague, Czech Republic – Lucerna Music Bar

08-19 Berlin, Germany – Tempodrom

08-20 Frankfurt, Germany – Batschkapp

08-22 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso

08-23 Cologne, Germany – Carlswerk Victoria

08-25 Vienna, Austria – Arena Open Air

08-26 Munich, Germany – Muffathalle

08-27 Zurich, Switzerland – X-Tra

08-30 London, England – Eventim Apollo

08-31 Manchester, England – O2 Apollo

09-01 Dublin, Ireland – Vicar Street

09-05 Birmingham, England – O2 Institute Birmingham

09-06 Glasgow, Scotland – Barrowland


* Alex G supporting

+ Cate Le Bon supporting

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