Published Dec 06, 2019Out of nowhere, Courtney Barnett has returned with a new live album. Dubbed MTV Australia Unplugged Live in Melbourne, it's pretty self-explanatory — it's a recording of the singer-songwriter's unplugged set in her hometown of Melbourne from October 22, 2019.
The eight-track setlist includes Barnett's own "Depreston," "Avant Gardener," "Sunday Roast" and "Nameless, Faceless," as well as covers of songs by Leonard Cohen, Archie Roach and Seeker Lover Keeper. There's even a previously unreleased Barnett original called "Untitled (Play It on Repeat)."
In addition to her regular bandmates Dave Mudie and Bones Sloane, she was joined for the set by cellist Lucy Waldron. Barnett also invited Paul Kelly, Marlon Williams and Evelyn Ida Morris to join her for a song each.
The album is now available to stream below. You can also watch a video recording of it here. A physical edition of the audio album will follow on February 21.
In a statement, Barnett had this to say: "I love playing to Melbourne crowds... I wanted to have a mixture of old songs, new songs and covers, and tracks that we don't perform all the time — it's been interesting to see the songs through a different filter, and it brings out this other emotional side to the music and the lyrics."