|Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile||Lotta Sea Lice (13th October 2017)|
Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile — Lotta Sea Lice★λ★• Album je dokladem toho, jak oba umělci můžou dokončit větu toho druhého, i když žijí na různých stranách planety. Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, two of the most acclaimed and gifted songwriters of our generation, have joined forces to release a collaboration as unique and unusual as their talents, in the form of a brand new album Lotta Sea Lice.
★λ★• The collaborative LP from Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett feels like an overheard discussion between two existential misfits. They sing songs about writing songs, covering each other in the process.
★λ★• 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. © C.B. Photo credit: Helena Leal
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Born: 03 January 1980 in Lansdowne, PA
Location: Philadelphia, PN
Album release: 13th October 2017
Format: White 12” LP
Record Label: Matador Records
01 Over Everything 6:20
02 Let It Go 4:33
03 Fear Is Like a Forest 4:48
04 Outta the Woodwork 6:21
05 Continental Breakfast 4:53
06 On Script 4:00
07 Blue Cheese 4:38
08 Peepin’ Tom 4:15
09 Untogether 4:50
★λ★• DELUXE double~door vinyl from Marathon Artists and get a poster designed by Jess Rotter. Colour in the poster and share on instagram with #CBKV for a chance to win a Courtney & Kurt autographed Fender guitar.
Touring members of the Sea Lice include:
★λ★• Sleater~Kinney drummer Janet Weiss, as well as Stella Mozgawa of Warpaint.
★λ★• Recorded & mixed by Callum Barter at Newmarket Studios, North Melbourne
4th January 2016 ~ 8th March 2017.
★λ★• Mastered by Greg Calbi
★λ★• Photos by Danny Cohen www.dannycohen.com
★λ★• Art Direction & Layout by Tristan Ceddia
★λ★• Artwork by Courtney Barnett
★λ★• Mick Turner, Jim White, Stella Mozgawa, Rob Laakso, Mick Harvey, Jess Ribeiro, Jade Imagine, Bones Sloane, Dave Mudie, Alex LandraginKURT VILE: We ran into each other on the road in various continents and talked about the recordings. I guess it wasn’t till i had another tour booked for the following summer in Australia that we thought we should record as much as we can, no major goal to make it a full length but it came together that way because the vibe was so strong. I love working with Courtney, the collaboration was laid back with less pressure.
COURTNEY BARNETT: Now we nished the album, we dreamt up an amazing band which we’ve called THE SEA LICE (inspired by a Stella Mozgawa beach~side~story) and me n Kurt will be standing there out front with our guitars singing songs together. ★λ★• Songs from this album we did, a handful of our own songs from previous albums, maybe some old folk songs n what not. Harmonies and guitarmonies galore. Very collaborative.
★λ★• Lotta Sea Lice is the result of 8 days in the studio spread over almost 15 months when Courtney and Kurt’s respective touring schedules allowed for them to be in the same place at the same time.
By Ellen Peirson~Hagger | 06 OCTOBER 2017, 17:00 BST | Score: 9
★λ★• When Courtney Barnett’s voice cuts over Kurt Vile’s a couple of lines into “Over Everything”, it’s hard to believe these two musicians ever made music separately, so ideal is the pairing of their voices on this sugary sweet first track.
★λ★• In fact, it’s ideal throughout Lotta Sea Lice — each woozy yet warm, the two passing lyrics between each other as though they’ve been songwriting partners for the whole of their respective careers.
★λ★• Lotta Sea Lice is a collaborative album from Courtney Barnett, the Melbourne~based indie~garage guitarist whose 2013 The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas and 2015 debut full~length, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit have received nothing but critical praise; and Kurt Vile, indie~rock extraordinaire and former War on Drugs lead guitarist who is now six solo albums deep, reaping similar commendations with every release, and oft listed as one of the best songwriters of his generation.
★λ★• It’s no surprise pairing. The characteristics of each other’s music match~up: electric guitar~led, tight but not overly~intricate melodies strung out over typically witty, provocative lyrics detailing mundanities and trivialities of a normal life made odd by the grueling detail in which they are presented. Oddness is what both artists delight in, and what they lace together here.
★λ★• For Lotta Sea Lice Barnett and Vile have co~written, written individually for each other, and re~worked older songs, both their own and other people’s. The origins of these songs lie far and wide — just as far as the distance between Barnett’s native Melbourne and Vile’s native Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — but they are married together with charm and the lazy nonchalance that makes each artist so ridiculously, and unusually, endearing in their own right.
★λ★• Old material is given a new spin, but pleasingly not over~worked. For Barnett fans already familiar with “Outta the Woodwork” — a pick not from her debut full~length record, but from her 2013 double EP — it is hard to imagine the slacker track could become any drowsier, that it could succumb to any more wandering. With Vile taking over vocals and guitar, “Outta the Woodwork” takes up even more lazy space than before, stretching it out thirty seconds longer than the original, to a hazy 6 minutes 20 seconds.
★λ★• Among the covers sits a rendition of “Fear is Like a Forest”, written by Barnett’s long~term partner and Milk! Records label buddy Jen Cloher, as well as rock and roll classic “Blueberry Hill”, which Barnett and Vile rev up and then bring back down to Earth as if it was their very own. Here both artists sing and play guitar, as Vile also plays keys, and Jim White and Mick Taylor (of The Dirty Three) accompany of guitar and drums.
★λ★• While this is a project for the duo — each a black or white half sitting as a near~perfect reflection of the other on the album cover — Barnett and Vile have also brought along fellow musicians from their respective scenes to function as the musically tight, but aurally loose backing band heard on record. The free and relaxed feeling of all these musicians together is just what makes the album so charming.
★λ★• Stella Mozgawa of Warpaint contributes drums and percussion to three tracks. Friends of Barnett’s Milk! Records label Jade Imagine and Jess Ribeiro contribute backing vocals, as Bones Sloane and Dave Mudie from Barnett’s band join in on “Blue Cheese”. From Vile’s end comes Rob Laakso, multi~instrumentalist and producer in his Violators.
★λ★• With this band behind them, and among the warming melodies and typically sharp lyrics, Barnett and Vile do not hesitate to drop their heads and pick up their guitars to shred a bit — presumably with their (happily matching) rockers’ hair swinging out below them.
★λ★• While both musicians are known for being “slackers”, for rolling around with their guitars onstage and always playing it very cool, the truth is that they are both thoughtful, sometimes sentimental musicians, with voices that can sing of love and hurt just as much as eating croissants (“Continental Breakfast”) or friendly girls who insist on touching your face (“Untogether”) — and this is delightful.
★λ★• “Peepin’ Tom” — which appeared on Vile’s 2011 Smoke Ring for My Halo as “Peeping Tomboy” — is taken on by Barnett alone. Her succulent voice is accompanied by the twang of bluesy guitar. Even without any backing band or the songwriter himself, the delicacy and undoubted sincerity which Barnett brings to such a rousing track is moving, in a pleasingly low~key manner. Understatement is what the record rests on, and it makes for an endearing listen.
★λ★• “I cherish my intercontinental friendships” sings first Barnett, and then Vile, on “Continental Breakfast”. Let’s hope this long~distance musical friendship continues far, far beyond this one record. ★λ★• https://www.thelineofbestfit.com/
BY JEREMY WINOGRAD | OCTOBER 9, 2017 | Score: ***½
★λ★• By Stuart Berman | OCTOBER 12 2017 | Score: 7.6
|Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile||Lotta Sea Lice (13th October 2017)|