After the requisite social media teasing, Phoenix are back today with a new version of “After Midnight,” the best song on their 2022 return-to-form Alpha Zulu. Clairo has hopped on a remix of the driving, percolating, brightly shining synth-pop stunner, trading lines and harmonizing with Thomas Mars. She sounds fantastic amidst all the icy chords and propulsive burbles, tangled up with Mars’ light-beam of a voice. For me this easily surpasses Ezra Koenig’s turn on “Tonight” as the best duet to emerge from the Alpha Zulu cycle.
A quick quote from Phoenix:
We’ve loved Claire since day 1! What a treat it is to have her sing with us! We hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we do ♥️
And one from Clairo:
I’ve been a massive fan of Phoenix for as long as I can remember, and I’m very grateful that they asked me to sing on this remix.
And one more afterthought from IG: