NEW MUSIC: COURTNEY BARNETT | RAE STREET
Courtney Barnett has announced her third solo studio album, Things Take Time, Take Time. The follow-up to the 2018 LP "Tell Me How You Really Feel." Ahead of the new record, Barnett has shared the opening track “Rae Street” and an accompanying music video. The Australian singer-songwriter did record the album during the pandemic in late 2020 and early 2021, according to a press release, but that doesn’t seem to have changed much — it looks to be full of the same delightfully perceptive, somewhat offbeat observations she has made her name on since her 2010 EPs. That’s on display in lead single “Rae Street,” in which Barnett takes stock of the banalities of suburban life, from garbage pickups to dog walking. (Barnett had teased the song weeks before in a trailer for her upcoming North American tour. It comes with a playful video that finds Barnett playing all the parts of these neighbours, from the frustrated parent to the bored loner. Barnett has recently been performing a string of duet covers: She released Tim Hardin’s oft-covered “Reason to Believe” with former tourmate Vagabon, and the pair reunited to cover Sharon Van Etten’s “Don’t Do It” for her "epic Ten" reissue.