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Courtney Barnett — The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas (2013)

 Courtney Barnett — The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas (2013)

Courtney Barnett — The Double EP: A Sea of Split PeasOfficial logo NOMINATED ARTISTS & WORKS for 7th TA14
◊  Barnett’s voice is both syrupy sweet and steeped in dry humour, and the album flits effortlessly between the melancholy and the downright hilarious — all delivered against a backdrop of woozy psychedelia.
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Album release: October 15, 2013
Record Label: Milk! Records
Duration:     56:31
Tracks:
01. Out Of The Woodwork       5:51
02. Don't Apply Compression Gently       3:37
03. Avant Gardener       5:13
04. History Eraser       3:29
05. David       2:55
06. Anonymous Club       5:52
07. Lance Jr       3:29
08. Are You Looking After Yourself?       7:43
09. Scotty Says       3:53
10. Canned Tomatoes (whole)      4:34
11. Porcelain       7:08
12. Ode To Odetta       2:47
CREDITS:
"How To Carve A Carrot Into A Rose"
◊  All songs written by Courtney Barnett.
◊  All songs performed by Courtney Barnett & The Courtney Barnetts.
◊  Courtney Barnett, Dave Mudie, Bones Sloane, Dan Luscombe, Alex Hamilton, Pete Convery.
◊  Tracks 1, 2, 3, 6 mixed by Dan Luscombe
◊  Tracks 4 & 5 mixed by Dann Hume
◊  Recorded by Simon Cotter at Headgap
◊  Mastered by Joe at Crystal
◊  This project was made possible by Arts Victoria
"I've Got A Friend Called Emily Ferris"
◊  All songs written by Courtney Barnett.
◊  All songs performed by Courtney Barnett & The Courtney Barnetts.
◊  Courtney Barnett, Brent DeBoer, Pete Convery, Alex Hamilton, Peter Lubulwa, Daniel Firth, Alex Francis.
◊  Recorded and mixed by Daniel Firth
◊  Mastered by John at Crystal
Press:
◊  “Barnett’s music builds on the wordy irreverence of mid-’60s Bob Dylan and a Byrds-ian blend of psychedelia, folk and country” — Mike Powell, Pitchfork
◊  “The main difference is that I could never, not in a million Kimya Dawson years, create a song as beguiling and full of chutzpah and misery and whirling abandon as this.” — Everett True, Collapseboard
◊  “What sets her apart is she’s got a sense of songwriting that hearkens back to the creative burst of the late ’60s. Specifically in California — her melodies and psychedelic harmonies remind me of the work of David Crosby or John Phillips” — Brooklyn Vegan
◊  “This track is a perfect summary of the earnest freewheelin’ and rambling wit that makes music from this end of the world just so great” — The Guardian UK
◊  “She’s like US “anti-folk” songwriters Jeffrey Lewis and Kimya Dawson, sighing off lyrics that couch their insights in fleeting thoughts and deadpan punchlines.” — Doug Wallen, Mess + Noise.
The Melbourne singer-songwriter establishes herself with a sweet, stylish debut.
REVIEW
By Daisy JonesRating: ****
◊  ‘I masturbated to the songs you wrote’ — that was the first lyric of the first track on the first release by Melbourne-based singer songwriter Courtney Barnett, the ‘I’ve Got A Friend Called Emily Ferris’ EP released in April last year. It embodies the 25-year-old’s honest and often witty lyricism: an blend of enigmatic Dylanesque storytelling with Jarvis Cocker’s heady chutzpah, set to dreamy, ’60s-sounding melodies and psychedelic guitar.
◊  That track, ‘Lance Jr’, also appears on the singer’s debut album ‘The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas’ — a collection comprising the six-song ‘Emily Ferris’ EP and a further six brand spanking new songs (also available separately as an EP called ‘How to Carve a Carrot Into a Rose’). Barnett’s voice is both syrupy sweet and steeped in dry humour, and the album flits effortlessly between the melancholy (‘Anonymous Club’ or ‘Out of the Woodwork’, a hypnotic slice of haze with a silky piano melody trickling around Barnett’s vocals) and the downright hilarious — all delivered against a backdrop of woozy psychedelia.
◊  The results are impressive. ‘We drifted to a party cool, the people went to arty school, they made their paints from mixing acid wash and lemonade,’ Barnett sing-speaks in ‘History Eraser’, rambling breathlessly like a child trying to relay an exciting story, the Aussie twang in her voice constantly rearing its head. In fact, ‘A Sea Of Split Peas’ is full of great stories, made better by the boldness of their delivery. Most notable is ‘Avant Gardener’: a psych-folk sunny afternoon of a tune narrated by an unemployed stoner, trying her hand at a spot of suburban gardening and suffering a panic attack before planting her first seed. Drifting, lazy, and quintessentially stylish, it’s just one of several tracks on this full-length debut that cement Courtney Barnett as a remarkable new talent.
Fortaken: http://www.timeout.com/
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INTERVIEW
Courtney Barnett
◊  This 24-year-old Australian artist writes shambling folk songs about the dangers of gardening, the benefits of masturbation, and the quiet crises of modern relationships, all with a keen eye for detail and a wicked sense of humor.
By Jayson Greene , October 1, 2013
◊  On "Avant Gardener", the Melbourne singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett tells a deadpan story about attempting to do some gardening. The day starts out well ("I feel proactive") and ends poorly, with Barnett gasping for breath in the back of an ambulance after suffering a panic attack. Her friend spots her surrounded by paramedics and half-pulled weeds. He "looks ambivalent."
◊  It's these understated touches that distinguish Barnett's rambling, sly garage-pop, which streams forth with the free-verse feel of text messages. She says that many of her earliest lyrics were, in fact, texted to herself while working as a bartender and waitress at local venue The Northcote Social Club. "I'd have all these two-word texts and I didn't know what they were — it was hard to put it together," she remembers, laughing.
◊  Her lyrics have reminded some people of anti-folk figures like Jeffrey Lewis — small-scale, conversational — and they feel exhaled rather than sweated out word-for-word. Her lines look more natural separated by periods than slashes. "I noticed you stopped talking to me; now you're talking to me all the time. Do you know you're no good at listening, but you're really good at saying everything on your mind," goes a passage from "Don't Apply Compression Gently", found on her forthcoming 12-track collection The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, due out October 15 via House Anxiety/Marathon Artists. (Listen to the album in full right now via Pitchfork Advance.)
◊  Barnett is as bone-dry over the phone as she is in her songs. When I reach her in late August, she's about to embark on the largest tour of her career, which will bring her to New York in this month. She chatted with me — drowsily, from bed, in front of a flickering TV — about her terrible first songs, learning "Smoke on the Water" from her dad, and her favorite Australian alternative rock bands.
  Pitchfork: Your upcoming release is called A Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas. Is it just two EPs combined, or do they add up to a full-length in your mind?
  Courtney Barnett: I don't want people to misinterpret it as an album. The first thing I made last year was this EP called I've Got a Friend Called Emily Ferris that I recorded at a friend's place, and then I took a whole year to finish the second EP, which was recorded in a studio. Doing these two EPs feels like good practice. I was learning a lot of shitty lessons about not being organized and people taking too much money and stuff like that. [laughs] But I wouldn't want it to be considered an album because it weirdly feels like a lie. An album is a thing you take time out and go work on. I can't wait to make an album. I've got a bunch of songs half-ready to go, and I might start on it early next year.
  Pitchfork: Your lyrics are very smart and incisive and capture a lot with plain language — where do you write?
  CB: I have notebooks everywhere. I only got my first iPhone this year and it's amazing — that little note section on there? Oh my god! And I got an iMac — no, what's it called — a MacBook Pro, for Christmas, and they sync up! It's changed my life. If I'm at a pub or a gig and I don't have my notebook, I write down stupid little half-sentences and they're just there.
  Pitchfork: So the words come first, and then you sit down at the guitar and figure out how to make them fit into a song?
  CB: Yeah, and sometimes I have something stuck in my head and that directs the rhyme that I'm writing with. "Avant Gardener" is a good example of that, because I only had the music for that track when we recorded it. For the next three months, we mixed the other songs, but we just couldn't do anything with that one because it had no lyrics at all. And then I wrote to the music, which I don't ever do. So it was really weird, backwards. I reckon it was definitely one of the trickiest songs I've ever written.
  Pitchfork: What sort of music did you listen to when you were younger?
  CB: I grew up listening to Nirvana, and then went through some bad 90s pop stuff — a lot of Australian one-hit wonders. I went through an Eminem stage when I was a teenager, too. Then I got into Darren Hanlon and Dan Kelly, who are these great Australian singer-songwriters. I was very inspired by them to start writing songs. I also like the Go-Betweens and the Triffids, but I definitely grew up on a lot of American bands. I didn't really know that there were any decent Australian bands until I was around 20.
  Pitchfork: Do you remember the first song you ever learned on a guitar?
  CB: Yeah, my dad showed it to me and it was dun..dun...dun "Smoke on the Water". I thought that was awesome because my dad can't even play guitar, and somehow he taught it to me. Probably because it's the one song everyone knows. Then I learned "Come As You Are", which took me ages.
  Pitchfork: When did you start writing your own songs?
  CB: As soon as I learned my first three guitar chords. They were fucking terrible. The first song I wrote was called "You" and it was a love song about somebody who didn't even exist. I remember them all because I used to always write terrible poetry. I keep all my notebooks.
  Pitchfork: Did you go to college?
  CB: Yeah, I did two years at uni for fine arts — drawing and photography — but I was really shit at photography, so I left. I liked the idea of being a photographer, just that you take this one picture of this one thing that'll never happen again — it's a bit weird when you think about it. (http://pitchfork.com/)
Also:
BY TARYN STENVEI; 25th March 2011
•  http://www.beat.com.au/music/courtney-barnett-ive-got-friend-called-emily-ferris
Website: http://courtneybarnett.com.au/
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcnIhzaDTd0
Twitter: https://twitter.com/courtneymelba
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/courtneybarnettmusic
Bandcamp store: http://store.milkrecords.com.au/album/the-double-ep-a-sea-of-split-peas
Management
•  nick@lookoutkid.com
Press
•  (US) Grace Jones, Requiem Media — grace@requiem-media.com
Bookings
•  (AUS/NZ) andy@villagesounds.com
•  (US/CAN) marshall@windishagency.com
•  (UK/EUR) jamie@xraytouring.com
Record label
(AUS/NZ) Milk! Recordsmilk@milkrecords.com.au
•  (everywhere else) Marathon Artists/House Anxiety
Courtney
•  courtney@courtneybarnett.com.au
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