Courtney Barnett has teamed up with Vagabon for a delightful cover of Sharon Van Etten track ‘Don’t Do It’.
Barnett and Vagabon, who previously worked together back in January to cover Karen Dalton’s ‘Reasons To Believe’, have joined forces once more to give their take on the Van Etten number. The track, which sounds befitting of something one would normally recognise from Barnett’s own back catalogue, sees the Australian musician adapt the track into the mould we’ve come to expect. Meanwhile, Vagabon’s softer voice acts as an object for the singer-songwriter to ricochet off.
Van Etten is celebrating her 2010 album, epic, with a new bumper double LP version of the record. The first half of the album will be her original effort, with the second half of epic TEN consisting of covers by some of Van Etten’s favourite artists, including the likes of IDLES, Fiona Apple, Lucinda Williams, Big Red Machine (Aaron Dessner & Justin Vernon), Shamir and St. Panther.
“This song ‘Don’t Do It’ is powerful and personal,” Barnett explained to Australian radio station Double J. “I really didn’t know how to make it my own, in fact, I tried to pick a different song and convinced myself I wasn’t up to the task, but Sharon was quietly supportive the whole time,” Barnett added.
Barnett continued: “In the process of talking vulnerably about the lyrics with her, I had to delve deeper into what the song meant for me. It’s fascinating to hear an artist ruminate on a song that is ten years old and see how it/they have evolved. I think it’s a beautiful thing to celebrate the journey of a song.”
While we find ourselves starved of new, original material from the Indie Queen of Australia, ‘Don’t Do It’ is a glorious appetiser that offers up a reminder of why she’s such an exceptional talent. Barnett knows what makes a successful collaboration; having worked wonders previously with Kurt Vile and now with Vagabon, she looks to have found another perfect partner in crime.