Four years ago, Courtney Barnett turned up for The Great Escape, playing well past midnight. For me, it was the highlight of the festival, her infectious exuberance matched by the quality of songs at her disposal. Then, although very much the singing frontwoman, she was on the left of the stage, part of a threesome that literally rocked. Tonight, she’s very much centre stage, an acknowledgment that, even though she has the same bassist and drummer (along with fourth member Katie Harkin), she is now the star of the show.
Despite her public persona that comes across as a little bit frustrated and disinterested with the attention she’s been getting these last few years, on stage she has no qualms. It’s the music after all, and more than most indie stars, she really does seem to revel in playing in front of people.
Back in 2013 I first came across Courtney Barnett when she packaged her two previous EPs, I’ve Got A Friend Called Emily Ferris, and How To Carve A Carrot Into A Rose, into one long player, and gave it a full UK release. The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas saw this Australian singer-songwriter start casting her spell over overseas listeners with her hazy tales of suburban banalities. In particular, the track ‘Avant Gardener’ was a powerful calling card. An intriguing song initially about the mundanity of getting up on a Monday morning before being inspired by her neighbour to do some gardening, before an unexpected and ambulance-inducing asthma attack takes over, laying waste to Barnett, all detailed in her endearingly lethargic sing-song voice. Even better, the accompanying video features her and a foursome playing tennis, wearing all whites, and playing with wooden rackets.
With her date at the Brighton Dome (16th November) just announced as sold out, Australia's prime indie-rocker Courtney Barnett has shared a live version of 'Charity', which is one of the tracks off her most recent album Tell Me How You Really Feel, along with a cover of Elyse Weinberg’s 'Houses'.
Australian rocker Courtney Barnett has released a video for her song ‘Charity’. Directed by Ashley Connor and shot to 16mm film, the video follows Barnett and her band spending a day in Toronto, including live footage from their show.
The Australian indie star has announced a UK tour, including a date in Brighton, 16th November, at the Brighton Dome. This follows the release of her latest album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, released on her own Milk! Records label, which she runs with her partner Jen Cloher.
Courtney Barnett is back! The queen of observational slacker rock has taken a much darker turn on her second record, Tell Me How You Really Feel. The Aussie artist, who has released an album with Kurt Vile as well as touring with her girlfriend Jen Cloher in the last year, has released a record that sees her impassioned and as exposed as she’s ever been.
With less than a month until Courtney Barnett’s highly anticipated album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, drops, the Aussie has released her third single ‘City Looks Pretty’ with an accompanying video.
It will also be available as a special Record Store Day release on 21st April, with the 12” double A-side also featuring the single ‘Sunday Roast’, taken from Barnett’s forthcoming album.
‘Need A Little Time’ is taken from Courtney Barnett’s upcoming album Tell Me How You Really Feel, out on 18th May 2018.
Recently in Brighton, playing guitar in Jen Cloher’s band at Patterns, Barnett will be embarking on her own world tour soon including dates at All Points East festival (3rd June) and the Roundhouse in London (6th June).
One of the most anticipated releases of the year has to be the Aussie’s second album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, out 18th May, the follow up to her massively acclaimed debut Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit. Expect more of her highly witty, occasionally rambling sing-song story telling, allied to a propulsive new wave/punk guitar-led sound. Also expect a little more introspection and seriousness as she tackles misogyny, self-doubt and more, as can be heard on the first release from the album, ‘Nameless, Faceless’.