Courtney Barnett gives update on new album

The follow-up to 'Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit' is just around the corner

Courtney Barnett has given an update on her next album – claiming that it’s “getting close”.

The Australian singer-songwriter broke through back in 2015 with the critically-acclaimed LP ’Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit’. Last month, she released a collaborative album ‘Lotta Sea Lice’ with Kurt Vile, which was recorded in eight days over a stretch of 15 months.

In the time between, Barnett has been working away on her next solo release. Last year she told NME that her second album was “half-written” and set to be darker and more melancholy than her debut.

Now, in an interview with Beats 1, Barnett has revealed that the album is almost ready.

“I’m trying to come up with a title for my new album,” she told Zane Lowe. “It’s all one sentence thoughts, you know trying to come up with something clever.”

When asked if the record is finished, Barnett said: “It’s well, I mean, maybe I gave too much away but it’s getting close.”

Barnett told NME last year: “One day I hate everything I’ve written, the next it seems alright. When I get home from touring, I’ll be able to think about it logically. So far, the new songs are a general reflection on the meaning of life, our purpose for being here and all that rubbish. I’ve been writing on piano a lot. It’s darker and more melancholy, probably as a reflection on politics.”

Asked if her backing band would feature on the new album, Barnett said: “I don’t know. It could just be an album with me and a piano, so who knows? If I knew how the album was going to sound so far in advance, I wouldn’t bother recording it. But I love those guys, they’re the greatest musicians.”