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Courtney Barnett – Avant Gardner

Courtney Barnett

King of slacker-pop tunes, Courtney Barnett, has recently released her cool new single ‘Avant Gardner‘.

‘Avant Garde’ is the  perhaps the ultimate description of Courtney Barnett, who is one hell of a lyricisit,  so I was sold upon seeing the appropriately named play on words title, ‘Avant Gardner’. Aside from a super clever title, Barnett shows she has a way with writing ear catching lyrics, with ‘Avant Gardner pretty much providing a how to guide to gardening, and so many great drug references it would entice either the junkie or pharmacology student in all of us, all whilst giving a fantastic account of how mundane life can be.  I love the matter of fact, near lethargic delivery and backing of simple cascading guitars and delicately pulsing drums. ‘Avant Gardner’ is one of those songs that’s so chilled, it is actually ice cold.

Bored Nothing – Shit For Brains

Bored Nothing

Bored Nothing is the brainchild of Fergus Miller and the super chilled ‘Shit for Brains‘ lifted from his debut self-titled album is an absolute indie gem.

If you haven’t gathered from our other posts, we love fuzzed our nostalgic rock, and Bored Nothing delivers exactly that. Its calm, soft and maintains this element of rawness to it that I love. The waves of plucky guitars and gentle supporting drums create this intimate song that takes you by the hand and walks you through the low-fi wonderland of sound. Bored Nothing reminds me a little like a male Courtney Barnett or what would happen to most retro psychedelic rock bands if they chilled out even more than the usual. Regardless, ‘Shit for Brains’ is uber relaxed and pretty cool.

Be sure to give it a spin and keep your eye on this guy in 2013.


Q and As with Jen Cloher

Jen Cloher

Lets kick it off with a simple but interesting question. Who is Jen Cloher, and how did she come to make music for a living?  

I’m not quite sure who she is or how she came to make music, I’m still trying to work that out myself. All I know is that song-writing and performing seem to provide her with all of the challenges she needs to keep getting out of bed in the morning.

You went to NIDA, do you still do any acting, or is it all music?

Not really, I recently made a clip for my new song Mount Beauty but that’s about the most acting I’ve done in years. I enjoy acting but I get what I need from performing and recording. I like being my own director.

Say somebody stumbles across you playing a live set. How are they going to describe your sound to their mates. What other comments might they make?

I get a lot of Patti Smith comparisons but that might be because I’m scrawny and have brown hair.

What does your record collection look like? Which artists and bands have had the biggest influence in shaping your sound?

So many. My all time favourites are PJ Harvey, Neil Young, Gillian Welch, Neko Case, Wilco, Karen Dalton, Leonard Cohen. I love rock n roll infused with country and blues.

What is the main drive of inspiration behind your songs? Is there one experience you always draw on, or do you try and mix it up?

I draw on everything – birth, death, love, heartbreak, parents, friends, nature. I talk about day to day stuff because I think that art is about identification – talking about simple things but creating the platform to do it in a way that can be transcendental.

Your other band members, Courtney Barnett (Solo), Bones Sloane (Immigrant Union) and Jen Sholakis (Laura Jean, The Orbweavers, East Brunswick All Girls Choir) have recently had some success with their own projects? Do you help out with any of their other projects?

I wish. I’m a fairly decent songwriter and I can play OK guitar but I haven’t developed my musicianship enough to walk onto other people’s projects (aside from singing). That’s a skill I want to develop because it would be REALLY FUN not having to worry about being the front person all the time!

Coincidentally, Courtney’s band is supporting you on your tour this month, any chance you will make a special appearance in her set? Or do you guys let each other have their time in the limelight?

Courtney plays in my band and we perform a duet we wrote together. I wish I was playing guitar in her band. I’m going to learn the parts to her songs so I can do that next time we tour together.

You have just released a new single called ‘Mount Beauty’. How would you describe ‘Mount Beauty’ and what is the story behind the song?

It’s a rumbling, sexy unrequited love song. I was promised by a person I was quite besotted with that they’d take me to Mount Beauty near where they grew up. It never happened but I came across the town a year later on tour and it was so beautiful that it made me sad. I guess the song is a humorously melancholy reflection on why it takes me so long to get over people.

Album number three, In Blood Memory is due for 2013. How does it compare to the last album Dead Wood Falls? Anything relating to the new album that you’re especially excited about?

This album is definitely my rock n roll album. Dead Wood Falls was my folk album and first album Hidden Hands was my country album!

What are your other plans for little time that remains in 2012 and what does 2013 have in store for Jen Cloher?

We have a few dates left on our national tour, Melbourne, Brisbane and Hobart. Then I’m laying down the finishing touches for In Blood Memory and getting everything ready to release the album and tour my arse off in 2013. Lucky 13!

Jen Cloher – Mount Beauty

Jen Cloher

Melbourne darling Jen Cloher is back with her recently released single ‘Mount Beauty’.

Jen Cloher is no newbie when it comes to the music industry, with her first album Dead Wood Falls being nominated for an ARIA, her second album Hidden Hands being named one of the top ten releases of 2009 by The Age and having been nominated for three AGE EG awards. Jen’s experience is clearly evident after giving ‘Mount Beauty’ a good listen.

Jen worked with acclaimed producer Nick Huggins and ‘Mount Beauty’ was recorded live to tape. This is just one indication of Jen’s talent as a singer. Her voice flows and drags through each note beautifully, as she effectively jumps to those higher notes with ease. The song as a whole has a calming vibe without putting you to sleep. It’s edginess and beat is infectious and you’ll find yourself hitting the replay button. Jen Cloher continues to move up and improve as she goes along, and ‘Mount Beauty’ is no exception.

Jen Cloher’s third and forthcoming studio album, In Blood Memory, is set to be released in early 2013 and you can catch Jen Cloher playing on her current tour with Courtney Barnett 9th of November in Adelaide, 16th and 17th of November in Melbourne, 22nd of November in Brisbane and the 1st of December in Hobart. Get onto it quickly for a night of talent and skilled musicianship from Jen Cloher.

Courtney Barnett – Tell It As It Is

Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett is both a person and a band, and will be releasing their debut EP ” on April 2nd which is sure to feature some pretty relaxed guitars and very amusing lyrics.

Courtney Barnett has received a bit of airplay on Triple J for her tracks ‘Lance Jr’ and ‘Scotty Says’ and which both feature this really laid back and chilled sound. It really is something different and I have to say I like it.

‘Lance Jr’ is my favourite of the two tracks on her unearthed profile and opens up with the instantly attention grabbing lyric “I masturbated to the songs you wrote”. I said it was attention grabbing! The song then continuous its colourful tell it as it is story, but does so with an amazing mix of low-fi instrumentation. The guitars wane, the drums are steady, and the vocals by Courtney Barnett are so casually sung but yet so enjoyable and effective. It is a really unusual but enjoyable track, so check it out.

Listening to these two songs does have me looking forward to getting my hands on what is definitely going to be an interesting little EP.