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Artist spotlight: Courtney Barnett

Thu 2 Oct 2014 In: Music View at Wayback View at NDHA

Among the exciting artists who have been revealed for January’s Laneway Festival is a rising star: out Aussie rocker Courtney Barnett. If you like fun, folky, throwback rock and roll music - something kinda retro and kinda fresh all at once - you’ll love her sound. Barnett spent a solid number of years playing in other people’s bands before she decided to go it alone a couple of years ago. She recorded a debut EP with the help of friends, and has since created buzz all over the globe – most notably with her performance at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York, which is known for unearthing breakout bands and artists. She’s even been dubbed the next queen of Australian rock and roll with music bible Pitchfork nailing her sound as building “on the wordy irreverence of mid-’60s Bob Dylan and a Byrds-ian blend of psychedelia, folk and country” Barnett’s partner is Jen Cloher, a singer-songwriter, and they live together in Melbourne. They have worked together a fair bit too, and the adorable track Numbers is about their relationship and the age difference. You can hear plenty of lyrics about Cloher in Barnett's double EP A Sea of Split Peas too. Have a listen below to History Eraser, which is getting heavy play on revamped indie/rock station Hauraki here in New Zealand. Can’t wait to catch her at Laneway! Especially since her first New Zealand show at the King's Arms this month sold out ... Laneway returns to Auckland's Silo Park on Monday 26 January. Tickets go on sale on 13 October. UPDATE: The full list of acts: Angel Olsen - Angus and Julia Stone - BANKS - Belle Jacqui Stanford - 2nd October 2014    

Credit: Jacqui Stanford

First published: Thursday, 2nd October 2014 - 9:37am

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