Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile headed to TV armed with their new album Lotta Sea Liceto with an appearance on ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’.
The duo took to the stage and performed ‘Over Everything’ before heading backstage to knock together an acoustic rendition of ‘Continental Breakfast’.
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.”
Watch the live performance, here: