COURTNEY BARNETT+ HONEYBLOOD
“Barnett is a storytelling twenty-something singer/songwriter from Melbourne who writes matter-of-fact tales that unspool like barstool revelations and sound like some hybrid of Kimya Dawson and Kurt Cobain.” - Rolling Stone
Welcome to the world of Courtney Barnett, a hot, hazy place where suburban banalities and mindless procrastination have never sounded so compelling. The 26-year-old Melbourne-based singer has a nurtured a growing legion of devotees through a series of DIY releases that have been re-released worldwide to snowballing acclaim. Singles ‘Avant Gardener’ and ‘History Eraser’ are vivid displays of her magic. Hook-laden fugs of country roots and discordant psychedelia with dream-like narratives. Courtney is nominated for NME’s Best New Band at the 2014 NME Awards while and her sprawling, rocking live shows have seen her sell out tours in the UK, USA and back home in Australia.
Courtney’s debut album, The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, is available now via iTunes.
Watch the video for ‘Avant Gardener’ below:
Honeyblood are the Glasgow-based two-piece of Shona McVicar on drums and Stina Marie Claire Tweeddale vocals / guitar. Since their formation in early 2012 the duo have supported acts including Sleigh Bells, Crocodiles, Palma Violets and Deap Vally, played shows for the likes NME and Vice, as well as festivals everywhere from Brighton’s Great Escape to Talinn’s Music Week; but they started out with humble beginnings putting on a show themselves at The Old Hairdressers in Glasgow to release their debut two-track cassette ‘Thrift Shop’ on CATH Records. It was at that early show that FatCat first stumbled upon the band and their signing continues the Brighton-based label’s strong run of picking up on the best new Scottish talent at a nascent stage.
On ‘Bud’, the band’s first vinyl release and debut for FatCat, their bittersweet pop has been captured to tape by Rory Atwell. These first two tracks are just the tip of the iceberg with plans for a Honeyblood full length already underway. With a buzz of expectation emerging around them already, you can expect big things from them in the next year.
Watch the video for ‘Bud’ below: