Courtney Barnett Teams Up With Jack White For New Single, Shares Cover Of Aussie Classic
Written by Tom Williams on 6th October, 2015
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Courtney Barnett has teamed up with Jack White and his label, Third Man Records, to put together the new single Boxing Day Blues Revisited, which will be released later this month alongside a new cover by Barnett which has already hit the interwebs.
Boxing Day Blues Revisited, which was produced by White for Third Man Records’ Blue Series of singles, is to be released along with Barnett’s cover of Rowland S. Howard’s Shivers, which was first recorded by influential Aussie post-punk outfit The Boys Next Door (who later became The Birthday Party). The cover is available to stream below. Boxing Day Blues Revisited is yet to hit our ears.
In a statement, Third Man Records call Barnett a “wry-and-dry songstress” before saying the singer-songwriter “stopped by Third Man Studios in Nashville over a long weekend this summer to record a couple tracks, and damn did she ever deliver”.
Boxing Day Blues Revisited is the epilogue to Boxing Day Blues, which appears on Barnett’s debut album Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. The track is said to be “slinky and bittersweet” and “jaunty yet aloof” as it reflects on the loneliness caused when someone you care about treats you badly.
Barnett’s cover of Shivers, on the other hand, takes the original into darker and drowsier territory. Catch the cover in full, below.
Barnett’s Jack White-produced Blue Series release is dropping in digital and limited edition 7? vinyl formats on Friday, 16th October via iTunes and Barnett’s Bandcamp page.
After that, Barnett is set to perform at Falls Festival and Southbound over New Year’s, before kicking off her national theatre tour with Cloud Control in January.
Listen: Courtney Barnett – Shivers (Written by Rowland S. Howard)