Jamie T reveals Courtney Barnett influence on latest album ‘Carry On The Grudge’

"I was listening to her record a lot when I was writing," says singer-songwriter

Jamie T has said that Courtney Barnett was a big influence on the writing of his latest album, ‘Carry On The Grudge’.

The singer-songwriter released his third album in September, having kept fans waiting five years since the release of his second album in 2009. The album features in NME’s Top 50 Albums of The Year.

Speaking in this week’s issue of NME, on newsstands and available digitally now, Jamie T opens up about his influences on the album as well as the change in sound he underwent between 2009 and 2014.


On the album’s sound, he says: “It’s a different sound on this album. I was aware of that when I was making it and I knew it would be contentious. The first two records had a similar sound, so I knew it was going to get certain people’s backs up.”

Meanwhile, praising Barnett for her songwriting skills, he continues: “I was listening to her record a lot when I was writing ‘The Prophet’. I went to see her live and it struck me how she keeps her songs simple, but when you dig a bit deeper there’s a lot of ideas.”

Read NME’s Top 50 tracks of the year here and stream the list as you’re reading. Read NME’s Top 50 albums of the year here. You can also watch NME writers discuss the list on NME Video.


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