Dacus, in a press release, said that “In the Air Tonight” is “perhaps the best eerie bop of all time, and certainly the best drum fill.” She continued:
The image in the first verse is so unsettling—watching someone watch
someone drown without moving to save them. People have wondered if
this is something Phil Collins really witnessed, but the song is
actually just a manifestation of his anger and frustration about his
divorce. It’s tense, dark, and so much fun, as a good Halloween should
be. This was the most fun I’ve ever had in a studio.
“In the Air Tonight” is the latest in Dacus’ series of holiday-themed single releases. She’s previously covered Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark” in honor of the Boss’ 70th birthday, and Édith Piaf’s “La Vie en rose” for Valentine’s Day. She also released originals for Fourth of July (“Forever Half Mast”) and Mother’s Day (“My Mother and I”).
On November 8, Dacus will compile the tracks for the 2019 EP. The EP will also include a cover of “Last Christmas” and another original track called “Fool’s Gold.”
01 Fool’s Gold
02 La Vie en rose (Édith Piaf cover)
03 My Mother & I
04 Forever Half Mast
05 Dancing in the Dark (Bruce Springsteen cover)
06 In the Air Tonight (Phil Collins cover)
07 Last Christmas (Wham! cover)