New Sounds: Courtney Barnett jangles up a guitar-pop storm on ‘How To Boil An Egg’

Roughly a year ago, we were preparing to sit down with Courtney Barnett after her performance at Boston Calling. Vanyaland’s Cory Lamz asked the Australian musician and BAMF about many things, but how to boil an egg was never posed as a question.

And that’s a damn shame, because this week Barnett returns with a new track, the jangly, upbeat “How To Boil An Egg,” fresh off Milk! Records’ Split Singles Club series. It’s a reworking of an older Barnett song, and finds her playing every instrument heard on it.

“I used to perform this song at all the open-mics when I was 21,” Barnett says in a presser. “It never got recorded, so for personal-posterity I updated it and made this version recently when I was bunkered up in the bush doin some demos for my next album. In tradition of the Milk! Records compilation releases, like ‘Pickles From The Jar’ or ‘Three Packs A Day,’ I wanted to include a song of mine for Split Singles Club that was a tad left of album-centre. it’s a songwriting experiment that doesn’t really belong anywhere else.”

Listen to it below. Featured Courtney Barnett photo by Eddy Leiva for Vanyaland.