There can be little question that Courtney Barnett‘s been absolutely tearing it up in the United States.
Returning to Coachella for a second time ahead of another leg of US tours dates, the diminutive singer took a few minutes to chat to festival reporter Jason Bentley. Humble as always, Barnett described herself as going “pretty really good.” Having last played at the festival in 2014, the singer seemed fairly relaxed despite being minutes away from taking the stage.
“I’ve been writing since the last one I guess,” Barnett revealed when asked if she was working on a follow-up to Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit (read our review here). But she was quick to dismiss that another studio LP would be arriving anytime soon. “I’m not very good at having goals and timelines, so I’m kind of just writing with no final thing in mind,” she continued.
“A lot of the new songs I haven’t even shown the band yet, I’m still trying to write them…It’s a vulnerable time,” she added. It also seems that even someone as critically acclaimed Barnett isn’t above those time-worn songwriter anxieties. “I get nervous showing them to anyone in case the suck or something,” she concluded.
Her remarks reflect her non-committal comments to DIY earlier, where she stated that she had the second half of 2016 “logged off” to “maybe make an album or do something.”
But as Bentley noted, this doesn’t mean fans won’t be hearing any new material from the Melbourne based artist. She’s recently contributed a cover of Speedway Boogie to the 59-track Grateful Dead tribute Day of the Dead out May 40 via 4AD. Barnett also dropped a loving triubute to Ramen noodles back in January, which appears on Milk! Records‘ compilation Good For You.