Australian sensation Courtney Barnett has announced her third solo album: it’s called Things Take Time, Take Time and it arrives on November 12 through Marathon Artists. She has also shared the album’s opening track “Rae Street”.
“In the morning I’m slow / I drag a chair over to the window / and I watch what’s going on,” she begins on “Rae Street”, a description of pretty much how you’d imagine Courtney Barnett coming up with her detailed and observant lyricism. Her lazy lope continues in the guitar, a rustic country strum that adds a characterful crotchetiness to her words. In an intonation that is definitely reminiscent of her friend and collaborator Kurt Vile, she watches her neighbours going about their days – riding bikes, fixing their houses, trying to control their children – and comes to the world weary conclusion “time is money / and money is no man’s friend” – a hands aloft festival singalong in the making.