Courtney Barnett’s New Album


After a week in which she dropped a mysterious album teaser online and indie record stores worldwide unexpectedly received vinyl copies of a previously unheard song, Courtney Barnett today announced details of her second studio album Tell Me How You Really Feel, and shared its lead single‘Nameless, Faceless’.

Over the course of just a few years Barnett has become internationally renowned for her distinctive and acclaimed sound. Her debut album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit saw her top year-end lists and sell out shows to rabid audiences on five continents. She played the most iconic and revered festival stages, won the Australian Music Prize, J Award for Album Of the Year, APRA’s Songwriter Of the Year and four ARIAs. The album was even nominated for a Grammy and a BRIT Award.

In Tell Me How You Really Feel Barnett has revealed an unexpected shift. From its title (A question? An order?) to the unsettling cover image – a blood-red tinted self-portrait in uncomfortably tight close up – Barnett sets a new tone. Musically and lyrically the album is said to be strikingly different than its predecessor.

The first single ‘Nameless, Faceless’  contains some memorable lyrics such as “I could eat a bowl of alphabet soup and spit out better words than you.”  The chorus borrows from a famous Margaret Atwood quote “I want to walk through the park in the dark / Men are scared that women will laugh at them / I want to walk through the park in the dark / Women are scared that men will kill them / I hold my keys between my fingers”.

Watch the video for ‘Nameless, Faceless’ below.

Tell Me How You Really Feel will be released on May 18 through Barnett’s own label Milk! Records and Remote Control.

Pre-order Tell Me How You Really Feel via

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

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM ( in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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