COURTNEY BARNETT Releases Tell Me How You Really Feel

Out now via Milk! Records
Praise for Tell Me How You Really Feel

“Feels like truth… Looks like a win.” – Herald Sun ★★★★

“There’s no sophomore slump from a songsmith who minces idiots, not words” – The West Australian ★★★★½

“Fucking masterful.” – The Music ★★★★½

“It’s authentic, slathered in vibes and, above all, exciting–everything a record needs to justify its place in the lead for Album Of The Year.” – Hysteria

“Time may well reveal Tell Me How You Really Feel to be not just Barnett’s masterpiece, but one of the most profoundly realised Australian records of the last decade.” – The Brag

“Ultimately, what makes this album special is how Barnett makes her lyrics feels universal. It’s this quality that serves as clear proof of her significance in Australian music.” – STACK

“Voice of a generation” – Sunday Times (UK)

“A masterpiece of an album” – Rolling Stone 

“Savagely clever” –  Pitchfork 

“A true rising star” – Mail on Sunday (UK)

“This one’s from the bottom of her heart” – The Telegraph (UK)

“Most skilled lyricist in modern music” – DIY ★★★★

8/10 – Uncut
★★★★ – Mojo
★★★★ – Q
★★★★ – Rolling Stone (USA)

Courtney Barnett today releases her highly anticipated and already acclaimed album Tell Me How You Really Feel.

Over the course of just a few years Barnett has become internationally renowned for her distinctive and acclaimed musical lexicon. Her debut album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit saw her top year-end lists and sell out shows to adoring audiences on five continents. She played the most iconic and revered festival stages, won the Australian Music PrizeJ Award for Album Of the YearAPRA’s Songwriter Of the Year and four ARIA Awards. The album was even nominated for a Grammy and a BRIT Award. In the meantime she’s worked on music with the likes of Jack White, The Breeders and Jen Cloher as well as releasing last year’s masterful collaboration album with US songwriter Kurt Vile, Lotta Sea Lice. Even her label Milk! Records is revered worldwide.

So… how do you follow all that up?

In Tell Me How You Really Feel, Barnett has revealed an exhilarating shift and a bold step forward. From its title to the unsettling cover image – a blood-red tinted self-portrait in uncomfortably tight close up – Barnett reveals a new-found confidence and perspective. Whereas once she examined the world through the prism of self-analysis, Tell Me How You Really Feel shifts that focus to those she interacts with – the good ones, the bad ones, the loved ones. Those she knows intimately and those who are strangers.

There’s a muscularity to the instrumentation, a tenderness in her voice and a boldness to the lyrics. It speaks to Barnett entering a remarkable new phase of her musical evolution. Take storming first single ‘Nameless Faceless’ for instance, a punk rock anthem simmering with barely contained anger at women’s continued dehumanisation at the hands of a male dominant society and her own treatment at the hands of anonymous trolls. Similarly, the brutal ‘I’m Not Your Mother, I’m Not Your Bitch’, where Barnett barks “Sit down and shut up/ it’s all the same/ you never change” and later, “I can only put up with so much shit” is the most eviscerating two minutes of her oeuvre to date.

Which is not to say that there aren’t moments of grace and introspection – on ‘Crippling  Self Doubt and A General Lack of Self Confidence’ she grapples with the responsibility of being an unexpected spokesperson of her generation, one whose every word is open to scrutiny and examination, somehow turning the chorus of “I don’t know/ I don’t know/ I don’t know anything” into something both humorous and peculiarly affecting. And on the gorgeous album closer ‘Sunday Roast’, she sings with great tenderness about the weekly meal she and her friends cook for each other in Melbourne. It is a stirring track – gentle and warm, filled with the sense that over the course of this record, we have moved from hopelessness to something quietly, softly optimistic. “Keep on keeping on, you know you’re not alone”, runs the refrain.

Last night Barnett returned to perform on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for a fourth time. She’s currently in the middle of a series of sold out USA and European album-launch shows and will return home in August to play the largest Australia and New Zealand shows of her career. Full tour dates and ticketing below.

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Fri 17th Aug – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide (tix) *
Sat 18th Aug – Metropolis, Fremantle (tix) *
Weds 22nd Aug – The Tivoli, Brisbane (tix) *
Thurs 23rd Aug – Sydney Opera House (tix)
Sat 25th Aug – Sydney Opera House (tix)
Weds 29th Aug – The Powerstation, Auckland (tix) *
Thurs 30th Aug – Opera House, Wellington (tix) *
Sat 1st Sept – Festival Hall, Melbourne (tix) *

with East Brunswick All Girls Choir*

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USA Album Launch Shows

Sat 19th May – Brooklyn, NY at Music Hall of Williamsburg SOLD OUT
Mon 21st May – Chicago, IL at Preston Bradley Hall (Tiffany Dome) SOLD OUT

* with Loose Tooth

Sat 25 May – Belfast at BBC’s Biggest Weekend
Tues 29 May – Leeds at O2 Academy*
Wed 30 May – Brussels at Ancienne Belgique*
Thurs 31 May – Utrecht at Tivoli Vredenburg Ronda*
Sat 2 June – Glasgow at Barrowlands*
Sun 3 June – London at All Points East Festival
Mon 4 June – Manchester at Academy*
Tues 5 June – Bristol at O2 Academy*
Wed 6 June – London at Roundhouse*
Sat 9 June – Paris at Bataclan*
Sun 10 June – Luxembourg at Den Atelier*
Mon 11 June – Berlin at Astra Kulturhaus*
Wed 13 June – Cologne at Live Music Hall*


Fri 6 July – Winnipeg, MB at Winnipeg Folk Festival
Sat 7 July – Des Moines, IA at 80/35 Festival
Mon 9 July – Toronto, ON at Danforth Music Hall
Tues 10 July – Toronto, ON at Danforth Music Hall
Wed 11 July – Ottawa, ON at Ottawa Blues Festival
Thurs 12 July – North Adams, MA at MASS MoCA
Sat 14 July – Columbus, OH at Newport Music Hall
Sun 15 July – Louisville, KY at Forecastle Festival
Tues 17 July – St. Louis, MO at The Pageant
Wed 18 July – Kansas City, MO at Truman
Fri 20 July – Chicago, IL at Pitchfork Music Festival
Sat 21 July – Minneapolis, MN at Surly Brewing Festival Field
Sun 22 July – Edmonton, AB at Intersteller Rodeo
Tues 24 July – Washington DC at The Anthem
Wed 25 July – Brooklyn, NY at Celebrate Brooklyn Prospect Park
Thurs 26 July – Portland, ME at State Theatre
Sat 28 July – Newport, RI at Newport Folk Festival
Sat 29 Sept – Denver, CO at Ogden Theatre
Tues 2 Oct – Phoenix, AZ at The Van Buren
Wed 3 Oct – San Diego, CA at The Observatory North Park
Fri 5 Oct – Los Angeles, CA at The Greek Theatre
Mon 8 Oct – Seattle, WA at Paramount Theatre
Wed 10 Oct – Vancouver, BC at Vogue Theatre
Fri 12 Oct – Portland, OR at Crystal Ballroom
Sun 14 Oct – Oakland, CA at Treasure Island Music Festival
Wed 17 Oct – Milwaukee, WI at Pabst Theater
Sun 21 Oct – Boston, MA at House of Blues
Tues 23 Oct – Philadelphia, PA at The Fillmore
Thurs 25 Oct – Nashville, TN at Marathon Music Works
Sat 27 Oct – Austin, TX at Stubb’s

Courtney Barnett – Tell Me How You Really Feel

1. Hopefulessness
2. City Looks Pretty
3. Charity
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

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