Melbourne native Courtney Barnett has unveiled the lead single from her upcoming, sophomore album Tell Me How You Really Feel. The album comes just three years after her debut record, the darkly observational, guitar-rock driven Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. Check out the biting, women’s movement inspired single “Nameless, Faceless” below.
“I could eat a bowl of alphabet soup and spit out better words than you,” Barnett sings over a bouncy guitar riff, as music video director Lucy Dyson uses playful, on-the-nose animation to bring “Nameless, Faceless” to life. In an interview with GQ, Barnett says, “I’ve spent so much time thinking about [sexism], where that hatred comes from. You can’t figure that out. You can’t put yourself in the mind of bad people. Social media makes men more aware by listening to how people feel, to empathize, not just be told that it’s bad to sexually assault someone.”
Courtney Barnett has always been cutting and humorous in her observational lyrics. But this go round, Barnett aimed to be a part of the conversation, the global consciousness, and pen lyrics that are reverential not only for herself but for others as well. Tell Me How You Really Feel, according to Barnett, is the product of pointing the mirror at herself. Though she was hesitant in moving forward with the typical, self-reflective sophomore album, the nature of the times in addition to her growing confidence led to just that.
“Tour was fun, but being face to face with yourself during six-hour car rides is an interesting psychological study. [Before] I didn’t believe that I had any importance as a human, not just as a songwriter. Now I feel like I’m allowed to say what I want.” And after taking a good listen to the first single “Nameless, Faceless”, we believe Barnett has embraced this newfound freedom to write as she pleases.
Tell Me How You Really Feel, out May 18th, follow’s 2015’s Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit, which earned Barnett a Grammy nod for “Best New Artist”. Last year, she partnered with War on Drugs leader Kurt Vile to release the breezy, collaborative LP Lotta Sea Lice. Though Barnett’s first album was featureless, we’re hoping to hear Vile on the forthcoming Tell Me How You Really Feel.
Barnett will be embarking on a series of live performances and festivals in support of Tell Me How You Really Feel, beginning on April 29th with a set at Fortress Festival in Fort Worth, Texas. Check out her current list of tour dates, in addition to the Tell Me How You Really Feel track list below.
Courtney Barnett Tour Dates
April 29 – Fort Worth, TX @ Fortress Festival
May 4 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival
May 6 – San Francisco, CA @ August Hall
May 10 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Sanctuary at Pico Union
May 14 – Austin, TX @ Saengerrunde
May 16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
May 19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
May 21 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Cultural Center at Tiffany Dome
Tell Me How You Really Feel Track List
2. “City Looks Pretty”
4. “Need a Little Time”
5. “Nameless, Faceless”
6. “I’m Not Your Mother, I’m Not Your Bitch”
7. “Crippling Self Doubt and a General Lack of Self-Confidence”
8. “Help Your Self”
9. “Walkin’ on Eggshells”
10. “Sunday Roast”