Everyone's favorite indie rockers Kurt Vile
and Courtney Barnett
have joined forces to make the deadpan album of our dreams. Yesterday, the pair unveiled "Over Everything," the first single from their collaborative album Lotta Sea Lice,
which is due on the 13th of October.
A little over two years ago, Vile and Barnett were just acquaintances that admired each other as songwriters. Vile began to write what would become "Over Everything," but he found himself writing a duet, and he had a specific partner in mind: Courtney. He sent her the song, and within a matter of months they were in a studio in Barnett's native Melbourne. They entered the studio with no real idea of what would transpire, and left with two songs, (Vile's "Over Everything" and one Barnett brought with her) and a budding friendship.
If the first single is any indication to the rest of the album, it's going to be spectacular. "Over Everything" is a perfect merger of the all of the elements that make the two such unique songwriters. Kurt's bluesy guitar lines, and slight southern drawl, and Courtney's rambling lyrics, and dry vocal delivery are tied together by the duo's common threads: their love of a vigorous guitar, and their ability to tell a story with their music.
The video for the song is simple, but as dynamic as Courtney and Kurt are together. It's shot entirely in black in white, with Courtney "singing" Kurt's lines, and vice versa. The video follows the pair to various locations like a beach, a field, and a bridge while they wield their signature Fender guitars (Barnett's a Telecaster and Vile's a Jaguar).
Kurt and Courtney will be touring together starting October 11th and running until November 11th. They two will be accompanied by their backing band, the Sea Lice, which features a rotating cast of characters like Janet Weiss of Sleater-Kinney
and Rob Laakso of Mice Parade