Courtney Barnett gets all-real on new album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, straight-up shares new single “Nameless, Faceless” in our nameless faces

Courtney Barnett gets all-real on new album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, straight-up shares new single "Nameless, Faceless" in our nameless faces
Photo: Pooneh Ghana

What’s happening in Australia right now? This is a question that plagues us. Despite years of scientific invention and all the times Elon Musk sent his car in to space, it’s weird to think that we still know less about what’s happening in Australia right now than we do about — I don’t know — outer space. Don’t despair, though! In the last few years, we’ve made tremendous strides toward a deeper understanding of Australia. Indeed, just the other day I received in my very own email inbox a promotional email regarding an album by Australian artist Courtney Barnett! Science for the win, as they say.

This is far from Barnett’s first album. In fact, it’s her second, if you’re only counting the solo release Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit from 2015. Or, if you’re counting the collaborative album she released last year with Kurt Vile entitled Lotta Sea Lice then I guess it’s her third. Or, if you’re counting all the Courtney Barnett releases plus all the times that golf-legend Phil Mickelson has won a PGA championship, then it comes out to something like her 45th. However you’re counting, point is: there’s a new one; it’s called Tell Me How You Really Feel, and it’s out on May 18 via Mom+Pop, Milk! Records, and Marathon Artists.

And that’s not all! Turns out Barnett went and dropped a video for the album’s first single “Nameless, Faceless,” a song about how hard it is to get a new passport when you don’t have a face or a name or two kinds of ID already. If the tenor of “Nameless, Faceless” is to be believed, Tell Me How You Really Feel finds Barnett back on her game: tracing knotty little melodies over tumbling, scattered guitar bits while tunneling out with lyrics more detailed and direct than anything this side of a TMT news post.

In conclusion: check out the video below; pre-order the album here; never trust scientists.

Tell Me How You Really Feel tracklist:

01. Hopefulessness
02. City Looks Pretty
03. Charity
04. Need a Little Time
05. Nameless, Faceless
06. I’m Not Your Mother, I’m Not Your Bitch
07. Crippling Self Doubt and a General Lack of Self-Confidence
08. Help Your Self
09. Walkin’ on Eggshells
10. Sunday Roast

Tour dates (suspiciously not taking place in so-called “Australia”):

05.06.18 - San Francisco, CA - August Hall
05.10.18 - Los Angeles, CA - The Sanctuary at Pico Union
05.14.18 - Austin, TX - Saengerrunde
05.16.18 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
05.19.18 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
05.21.18 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Cultural Center - Tiffany Dome

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