Courtney Barnett's new album and video
After a week in which she dropped a mysterious online album teaser and indie record stores worldwide unexpectedly received vinyl copies of a new song, Courtney Barnett today announces details of her second studio album Tell Me How You Really Feel, and shares its lead single Nameless, Faceless.
Her debut album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, saw her top year-end lists, crash the top 20 and sell out shows on five continents. She played the most iconic and revered festival stages, nominated for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards in 2016 and also International Female Solo Artist at the Brits, not to mention scooping the top prizes in her homeland, including the Australian Music Prize, APRA’s Songwriter Of the Year and four ARIAs.
Lotta Sea Lice, her collaborative album with kindred spirit Kurt Vile that came out last year was similarly lauded, ending up at number 11 in the album charts on release and garnering an NME Awards nomination for Best Collaboration.
In Tell Me How You Really Feel, Barnett has revealed an unexpected shift. From its title to the cover image, Barnett sets a different tone. It speaks to Barnett entering a new phase of her musical evolution.
Whereas once she examined the world through the prism of self-analysis, Tell Me How You Really Feel shifts that focus to those she interacts with – the good ones, the bad ones, the loved ones. Those she knows intimately and those who are strangers.
The first single Nameless, Faceless is a punk rock anthem. It examines the phenomenon of incessant and anonymous internet trolls. Through song, Barnett is using the medium she knows best to return fire.
In the lyrics, Barnett quotes one of the more creative burns she’s received in a comments section, “I could eat a bowl of alphabet soup and spit out better words than you”. The chorus borrows from a famous Margaret Atwood quote “I want to walk through the park in the dark / Men are scared that women will laugh at them / I want to walk through the park in the dark / Women are scared that men will kill them / I hold my keys between my fingers”.
City Looks Pretty
Need a Little Time
I’m Not Your Mother, I’m Not Your Bitch
Crippling Self Doubt and a General Lack of Self-Confidence
Help Your Self
Walkin’ on Eggshells
Tell Me How You Really Feel will be released 18 May through Marathon Artists and Barnett’s own label Milk! Records. It is available for pre-order now.
Photo credit: Pooneh Ghana