Australian indie rock success Courtney Barnett takes to the road this autumn, with a substantial spread of UK dates along the way to look forward to!
Courtney Barnett is a name that seems to have been circulating for a while, but it wasn’t until recently that I decided to see what the fuss was about- and wasn’t disappointed! With relatable concepts conveyed powerfully through witty lyricism, alongside punchy vocals and upbeat instrumentation, there’s lots to love about this artist, and indeed this album!
Emerging around 2012, with a couple of exciting EPs to begin with, Barnett has been building momentum and a healthy fanbase for nearly a decade, capturing the hearts of thousands. In this time, she’s released several successful albums, adding Things Take Time, Take Time to the collection just last November. It’s an LP of a reflective nature, undoubtedly a product of the songwriter’s pandemic experience and musings- each song is bursting with astute observations about the intricacies of humanity. The track listing starts with Rae Street, which feels like the perfect offset to an almost thematic collection of songs, lyrically encapsulating the ideas of world chaos, despair and, though fleetingly, hope. There are (perfectly placed) diversions from the brooding, with ditties like Take It Day by Day offering tentative reassurance. As aforementioned, it was composed following the aftermath of an intense tour, a break-up and a life-altering lockdown, the mark of which makes for a beautiful, thought-provoking tracklisting. Barnett puts her heart on the line in a different way in every track. What’s more, each song’s whimsical lyricism is surrounded by lively melodies and clean, tight backing. To be honest, in just a few hours’ worth of listening, I’ve completely fallen in love with the whole album!
Since the release of Things Take Time, Take Time, Barnett has had an explosive season of events, with a Glastonbury show followed by a support slot for none other than The Rolling Stones in Hyde Park. To put the cherry on top of an already hugely impressive year for the artist, she embarks on a tour of her own this Autumn. Playing her hits and no doubt celebrating her newest album, she’ll be joined by Big Joanie and Hachiku across Europe, from Amsterdam to Munich, Paris to London. UK fans can catch her at any of the dates/exciting venues listed below, and purchase tickets here.
November 11 – Manchester @ Albert Hall
November 12 – Brighton @ Brighton Dome
November 13 – London @ The Roundhouse (Pitchfork Music Festival)