Courtney Barnett


Courtney's debut EP, I've Got a Friend Called Emily Ferris, is out now.

Melbourne-based songwriter Courtney Barnett came up with the songs that make up her debut ep I've Got A Friend Called Emily Ferris more or less by accident, playing around a new loop pedal she'd bought.

Inspired, variously, by Kurt Vile's 2011 lp, Smoke Ring For My Halo, Adalita's recent solo shows and a healthy dose of Brian Jonestown Massacre, Courtney had been playing around with a new idea: the possibility of writing catchy and beautiful songs based around one progression (more or less).

The result is Courtney's first ep, a warm, relaxed and accomplished set of slacker garage pop songs - a set that sprawls and breathes, laden with hooks and thick with texture. The wry humour and wit of the lyrics that characterised Courtney's earlier work remains, but the words are now littered with sex, death, borderline obsession, booze, fun, mayhem and love. It's conversational, mildly poetic and impossible not to relate to.

To record the EP, Courtney got three of the best musicians she knows –– Pete Convery and Alex Hamilton (Merri Creek Pickers) and Brent DeBoer (The Dandy Warhols, Immigrant Union) –– herded them into a friend's lounge room, and the rest is history.

Courtney's sound playfully defies easy genre classification, while bearing traces of her many musical loves. She has played in a bunch of local outfits –– Immigrant Union, The Olivettes, The Merri Creek Pickers and Woolhouse among them –– and has lent her hand to many collaborative cross-genre projects.

Since the release of her first EP, Courtney has put out several more acclaimed releases, toured the US and the UK, been featured on Pitchfork, and played on Jimmy Fallon, in the process becoming one of the country's most exciting and acclaimed young musical exports. Long may it continue.

I've Got a Friend Called Emily Ferris is out now on Gaga Digi.

I've Got a Friend Called Emily Ferris - EP - Courtney Barnett


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