Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, two of the most widely acclaimed songwriters of the moment have joined forces to release a collaboration in the form of a brand new album, Lotta Sea Lice.
The album is a conversation between friends, documented in raw, unvarnished song form, brimming with personal history, crackling with energy and shot through with humour. There’s an unforced ease to the record as both Vile and Barnett are backed up by fellow band members Mick Thomas and Jim White of the Dirty Three, Stella Mozgawa from Warpaint and Mick Harvey.
Regarding their collaboration, Barnett says in a statement: “In 2014 I scored a support slot opening for Kurt at the Abbotsford Convent [outside Melbourne]. We met briefly after the show but I was a bit nervous and didn’t wanna bother him, just grateful for the gig. Years later we started bumping into each other on the festival circuit all around the wide world and we became friends. He hit me up when he was coming to Melbourne next and said he thought we could work together.”
While Vile added: “I love all her music but the song that really hit me was ‘Depreston’ – I know it’s popular but her voice is so good in that song and it’s so pretty and sincere… i’m a sucker for that kinda song: instant classic.”
Here it is, the first taster, new single ‘Over Everything’. Track of the Day: