Written by Jack Andrew Cribb
Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett. A duo we didn’t expect, but have to thank for its existence. Both artists are known for their ability to raise the mundane and everyday to the level of poetically significant. Both of their solo work is grounded in their storytelling, wry and truthful narratives that are both profoundly dark and meaningful, but also joyful and relatable. And fortunately for us, they have just released the first track from their forthcoming collaborative album, Lotta Sea Lice.
Over Everything riffs on well, grungy guitar riffs and the exchanges of Barnett and Vile, who contemplate on the existential in their lackadaisical and somewhat cynical lyrical waxing. The video shows them singing each other’s lines, evidently playing on the fact that they are very similar in their styles and thoughts.
It’s grungy and folky, Vile’s country-esque voice exploding into the auditory world while Barnett’s is a little more sombre and restrained, seemingly sadder. It’s a lovely song to listen to, and bodes well for what Lotta Sea Lice will sound like, which will be released October 13th through Matador and Marathon Artists.
Credit: Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile
You can check out the tracklist for Lotta Sea Lice here:
01 Over Everything
02 Let It Go
03 Fear Is Like a Forest
04 Outta the Woodwork
05 Continental Breakfast
06 On Script
07 Blue Cheese
08 Peepin’ Tom