Courtney Barnett‘s style is unique and charming: there is a comforting consistency in her dry observational style and yet each release expands and enriches the colours on her canvas. New single ‘Write A List Of Things To Look Forward To’ seems to highlight Barnett’s vocals: there is a crisper melodic edge to them and the celebration of positivity provides a lovely romatic edge. Barnett says that the track reflects an appreciation of positives in life:
I found a deeper communication with people in my life – deeper conversations. And a new level of gratitude for friendships that had been there for so long that I had maybe taken for granted.
This is expressed in the jaunty instrumentation and the inherent romanticism in the lyrics:
Nobody knows why we keep trying. And so on it goes, I’m looking forward to the next letter that I’m gonna get from you.
The accompanying video by Christina Xing seems to reflect a sense of innocent joy as Barnett receives communications from the outside world:
‘Write A List Of Things To Look Forward To’ is taken from Barnett’s new album ‘Things Take Time, Take Time’, out through Marathon Artists and due for release on 12 November 2021. Pre-order here or through the link below.
Feature photograph: Mia Mala McDonald