She's back! Courtney Barnett announces her new album, shares new single Rae Street
The Melbourne favourite will share her next album - Things Take Time, Take Time - on November 12th.
Header image by Mia Mala McDonald.
Courtney Barnett's new album has been a long time coming. After her career-defining debut album Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit back in 2015, the Melbourne-based musician has blossomed into one of Australia's defining indie acts and international exports, something she solidified with the release of her collaborative record with Kurt Vile - 2017's Lotta Sea Lice - and again with the release of her second solo record Tell Me How You Really Feel, released back in 2018.
In the time since Tell Me How You Really Feel, however, Courtney Barnett hasn't exactly kept quiet. She consistently toured right up until the pandemic's arrival shut international travel down, becoming a go-to addition on international line-ups (including many of the world's most elite) amongst sold-out headline tours of her own. In 2019, she recorded an MTV Unplugged record live in Melbourne and released a handful of singles. In 2020, she became an early adapter of the online concert with a high-production performance at Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building. And, amongst it all, she was busy working on her third album, and keeping the wheels of Melbourne's critical indie-rock space turning in a time of crisis, supporting and elevating initiatives and other musicians where she could.
Now, we're stoked to welcome the next chapter of Courtney Barnett in the form of Things Take Time, Take Time, her forthcoming third album scheduled for release on November 12th via her esteemed home at Milk! Records / Remote Control Records. Recorded over the last year with Warpaint's Stella Mozgawa, Things Take Time, Take Time is bound to further showcase the evolution of Australia's critical indie-rock darling; amplifying the prowess she's shown already, and how it's continued to evolve and further itself within the last year.
Rae Street, the album's first taste, provides a teaser of what to expect. It's a hazy four-minutes-30 full of Courtney Barnett's signature energy; full of the charm and charisma that makes it so easy to latch onto her songwriting regardless of one's mood. Rae Street continues that, with swaying melodies and Courtney's powerful vocal dancing amongst one another, with intimate lyricism floating to the surface as the musician continues her streak of powerful, honest songwriting.
There's not too much more to say about Rae Street other than that it's a brilliant tune, and even while considering the constantly showcased strength of Courtney's musicianship, Rae Street remains a newfound peak from an artist that will never stop furthering herself musically and personally. We're sure that Things Take Time, Take Time will showcase a lot of that, too.
Pre-order her new album here, and take a dive into the new single below: