Courtney Barnett in an Empty Red-Tiled Tub

Essential Wax with Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett burst into life for many of us on March 20, 2015, with the release of ‘Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit’ by simply “daydreaming out loud” and unintentionally embracing an audience eager to daydream along with her. Then, late last year, in what seemed to be the most no-brainer collaboration of all-time, Courtney partnered with king-of-vibes Kurt Vile on the Matador release ‘Lotta Sea Lice’ and continued to fascinate, but we could feel that something magical was coming… and now we know.

Courtney’s new album ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’ is Barnett arriving at a vivid destination of her musical evolution… and we’re going along for the ride! Out May 18th on Mom+ Pop Music, Milk! Records and Marathon Artists, we’re thrilled to not only share the opportunity for you to grab the VINYL PRE-ORDER “Tell Me How You Feel”, but to bring you the Essential Wax Courtney listened to while writing and recording her new record!

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Courtney Barnett Shares: 5 Records she was listening to while writing and recording her new album ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’

Courtney Barnett's Favorite Records: X-ray Spex - Germ Free Adolescents album cover

1. X-ray SpexGerm Free Adolescents

Perfect at extreme volume levels. Neighbours will love you. I had an X-Ray Spex coffee mug in the studio that said “I Am A Cliche”, it gave me Poly Styrene power when I was blasting out some angry vocals.

Courtney Barnett's Favorite Records: Elliott Smith - Either/Or album cover

2. Elliott SmithEither/Or

I went away to write/record a bunch of my new album in country NSW. I’d recently broken my phone so I was sorta off the grid. I was listening to “Ballad Of Big Nothing” on repeat, for some reason it was the only song saved on my phone. I was feeling pretty vulnerable and I found eternal solace in Elliott Smith and his heavenly melodies.

Courtney Barnett's Favorite Records: Eraserhead Soundtrack - David Lynch album cover

3. David Lynch and Alan R. SpletEraserhead Soundtrack

I was sick in bed with the flu, editing lyrics, and on a David Lynch bender after watching the new Twin Peaks. I watched Eraserhead for the first time and maybe it was my fever talking but I was entranced by the sound design and music throughout the film. I kept telling Dan (Luscombe, keys/organ) to “make it sound more Eraserhead”. My kettle boiling in Track 1 “Hopefulessness” is a shameless homage.

Courtney Barnett's Favorite Records: The Root - Kim Deal album cover

4. Kim DealSelf-Released 7″

It’s not an LP, but it’s a damn good collection. These songs inspired me in my early demo stages, I was doing lots of loops and/or multi-tracking all the instruments and I liked getting lost in the trance of these songs and un-stitching how they were put together in the first place. Stand out songs “Are You Mine?” and “The Root.”

Courtney Barnett's Favorite Records: Beethoven Ferenc Fricsay, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra ‎– Symphony No. 9 In D Minor album cover

5. Beethoven, Ferenc Fricsay, Berlin Philharmonic OrchestraSymphony No. 9 In D Minor

I listen to a lot of classical music while I’m writing or working on lyrics. Depending on my mood or the mood of the song it changes. I’m no classical music specialist, but I love the drama of the Ninth. When I was 18 I worked in a nightclub. I’d knock-off at 5am, buzzed on red bull, go home and fall asleep to the Clockwork Orange DVD. I guess it’s lodged in the back of my brain somehow from that.

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Jeffrey Smith
Jeffrey Smith is the Director of Communications and Partnerships at Discogs. Prior to joining Discogs in 2017, Jeffrey founded the boutique music PR firm Crash Avenue in 2004.
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