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Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile detail their new album ‘Lotta Sea Lice’

Kurt Vile Courtney Barnett
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UPDATE: Listen to “Over Everything.”

Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile have shared some details of their much-anticipated collaborative album in a new interview in Rolling Stone. The album is titled Lotta Sea Lice and will be out in October. The initial spark for the album was a song Kurt Vile was working on in 2015. “I started spacing out and writing a song for Courtney,” Vile says. “I had a fantasy that she would sing it with me.” He sent her that song, “Over Everything,” and she invited him to Melbourne to work on it, as well as another sketch of a song she had come up with:

“It’s a scary process, taking a half-written song to someone,” Barnett says. “I didn’t want him to be like, ‘God, this sucks. What have I gotten myself into?'” But they hit it off immediately. “The vibes were strong,” says Vile. “We discovered we could finish things on the quick, like an outlaw country singer, or Neil Young.” Adds Barnett, “We were mucking around, eating pizza, and we had all these songs all of a sudden.”

They worked on the album throughout 2016 and other titles from the album include “Continental Breakfast” and the album includes a few covers, including Belly’s “Untogether,” Fats Domino’s “Blueberry Hill,” Vile’s “Peeping Tomboy” and a version of “Fear Is Like A Forest” by Barnett’s partner, Jen Cloher.

The first single from the album could be shared on Wednesday, August 30 if this tweet from Barnett is any indication:

Kurt and Courtney’s tour, with their backing band The Sea Lice (which features members of Sleater-Kinney and Warpaint), includes shows at NYC’s Beacon Theatre (sold out) and NJ’s Loews State Theatre on November 6 (tickets).

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