With Lotta Sea Lice Barnett and Vile have delivered something utterly miraculous, an instant-classic record which sounds as if the two have played together for decades. This is a conversation between friends, documented in raw, unvarnished song form, brimming with personal history, crackling with energy and shot through with humour.
There’s an unforced ease to the record helped the fact that the pair have been not just friends, but hardcore fans of each other’s work for years, and have also roped in colleagues such as Mick Turner and Jim White of the Dirty Three, Stella Mozgawa from Warpaint and even Mick Harvey to play.
Apart from the aforementioned singles and a bevy of originals from both Barnett and Vile, Lotta Sea Lice features a blistering version of Jen Cloher’s ‘Fear Is Like A Forest’, a gorgeous harmony-laden version of Belly’s cult 90’s classic ‘Untogether’.
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