Indie Rock Superduo On Vinyl LP!
One Of Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2017!
Known for her witty, rambling lyrics and deadpan singing style, Australian
singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett released her full-length debut album,
Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, in March 2015 to widespread
critical acclaim. She was nominated for Best New Artist at the 58th Annual
Grammy Awards and for International Female Solo Artist at the 2016 Brit Awards.
Kurt Vile is known for his solo work and as the former lead guitarist of rock
band The War on Drugs. Influenced by Pavement, Neil Young, Tom Petty, and John
Fahey, Vile began his musical career creating lo-fi home recordings with
frequent collaborator Adam Granduciel in Philadelphia. In 2015, Vile released
his sixth studio album, b'lieve I'm goin down..., which landed on many of the
Best Albums of 2015 lists.
Lotta Sea Lice is the result of 8 days in the studio spread over almost 15
months when Courtney and Kurt's respective touring schedules allowed for them to
be in the same place at the same time.
KURT VILE: We ran into each other on the road in various continents and talked
about the recordings. I guess it wasn't till i had another tour booked for the
following summer in Australia that we thought we should record as much as we
can, no major goal to make it a full length but it came together that way
because the vibe was so strong. I love working with Courtney, the collaboration
was laid back with less pressure.
COURTNEY BARNETT: Now we finished the album, we dreamt up an amazing band which
we've called THE SEA LICE (inspired by a Stella Mozgawa beach-side-story) and me
n Kurt will be standing there out front with our guitars singing songs together.
Songs from this album we did, a handful of our own songs from previous albums,
maybe some old folk songs n what not. Harmonies and guitarmonies galore. Very
"Lotta Sea Lice, Barnett and Vile's first collaborative album together, makes
for a remarkably sublime pairing that brings out the best in each artist, an
unexpected gem that sits near the top of either's discography. The way Barnett
and Vile lock into grooves, trading barbs and asides in deadpan tones, and
dueling with seemingly effortless yet entrancing guitar riffs makes for a
delightful endeavor that plays to both artists' strengths... The album sees
Barnett and Vile pushing each other to new heights, challenging one another.
They sound locked in yet relaxed, and in between tracks, they'll play studio
laughter or the sound of a phone going off as if the songs are the result of jam
sessions recorded in a couple of takes. Barnett and Vile's chemistry together is
undeniable, and not only does Lotta Sea Lice sound as fun to listen to as it
must have been to make, but it stands as one of the best collaborative rock
albums in recent years." - David Sackllah, Consequence Of Sound
"A match made in indie-rock heaven. Vile is a sly lyricist with a stoner's
demeanor who's always made his most articulate statements with his guitar.
Barnett is a sly melodist, and so adept a wordsmith you can imagine any
randomly-ripped-out page from her diary would make an engaging song. Together
they craft a sublimely chilled-out set that shines with tossed-off bedhead
dazzle, whether rambling about fabric softener, their daily routines, or – on
the standout 'Continental Breakfast' – the flickering disconnect of maintaining
relationships while schlepping around the world playing music. It's also sweetly
romantic, never more so than on the giddy 'Blue Cheese' when the duo harmonize
the line 'so kiss me with your mouth, girl of my dreams!'" - Rolling Stone
50 Best Albums of 2017 - Rated 15/50!
"Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile make a perfect pair of loners, like two
high-school outcasts who meet on the first day of college and become
inseparable. The paradoxical idea of solitary collaboration couldn't be better
suited to this duo, whose new joint album, Lotta Sea Lice, takes the signature
style of each and absorbs it into a private, speak-sing conversation full of
casual wit and a shared indifference to the pace of the modern world. On their
own albums as solo artists, Vile and Barnett have made hard rock look easy, with
an endearingly slanted perspective on trying to keep one's feet on the ground
while everything around them is cracking up. Put together, they're like a
call-and-response song channeled through a single voice." - Matthew
Oshinsky, Paste Magazine
• Vinyl LP
• Deluxe split cover gatefold packaging (opens from the middle like shutter doors!)
• Insert with beautiful studio photos and lyrics
1. Over Everything
2. Let It Go
3. Fear Is Like A Forest
4. Outta The Woodwork Side B:
1. Continental Breakfast
2. On Script
3. Blue Cheese
4. Peepin' Tom