Independent artists would do well to study the Courtney Barnett playbook. A formidable storyteller, Barnett runs her own indie label and has a healthy international career. She’s a national treasure in her homeland, Australia, where she has accumulated a (growing) collection of major awards.
The Melbourne artist is about to embark on another journey, with the release of her third solo LP Things Take Time, Take Time, described as her “most intimate album” so far.
The first track from it is the mid-tempo “Rae Street,” which Barnett walked us through Tuesday night (Aug. 17) when she stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Barnett and her band zoomed in from the studio, a rustic space laden with more antiques than a museum.
Things Take Time, Take Time is the followup to 2018’s Tell Me How You Really Feel, which cracked the Top 10 in the U.K. and Australia and peaked at No. 22 on the Billboard 200 chart.
It’ll drop Nov. 12 on Mom+Pop Music / Marathon Artists in North America, and in Australia via Barnett’s own, Melbourne-based indie Milk! Records (with distribution through Remote Control Records), a two-time winner of best independent label at the AIR Awards.
Tour dates in support of the new album will kick off Sept. 25 at El Cosmico in Marfa, TX.
Watch Barnett’s late-night performance below.