With their strangely successful blend of folk and blues Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile are back with their joint new album Lotta Sea Lice.
Barnett and Vile have delivered something utterly unpredictable and original – an instant-classic record that sounds as if the two have played together for decades, completely organic and candid. This 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, helped by the fact that the pair have been not just friends, but hard-core fans of each other’s work for years, and have also roped in colleagues such as Mick Turner and Jim White of the Dirty Three, Stella Mozgawa from Warpaint and even Mick Harvey to play.
The sound of their new single Over Everything is reminiscent of the seventies with the image of Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin singing this, easy to conjure from even the most sleep addled minds. There is a feel of familiarity between the artists that draws you into the track with the overt intimacy that it inspires.
With Over Everything as a lead off single, the single and video available now, the rest of the album, released on October 13th, is a highly anticipated release threatening to be one of the musical highlights of the year.