Courtney Barnett Boxing Day Blues (Revisited) / Shivers on 7" Vinyl
The time is nigh for yet another exceptional installment of Third Man Records' Jack White produced Blue Series of singles. This time around they're privileged to work with Melbourne, Australia's very own Courtney Barnett. Barnett has quickly made her mark on garage pop fans worldwide with her witty, self-deprecating, and authentic observations turned into raw, stream-of-consciousness lyrics and blunt melodies.
The wry and dry songstress stopped by Third Man Studios in Nashville over a long weekend in the summer of 2015 to record a couple tracks and damn did she deliver! The A-side "Boxing Day Blues (Revisited)" is the slinky and bittersweet epilogue to "Boxing Day Blues," the somber album closer from Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. It's a strangely catching, plaintive reflection on the loneliness that blossoms when a person you care about treats you like literal garbage.
The track is jaunty yet aloof, with CB's trademark conversational lyricism in perfect contrast to the B-side, a beautifully dark reboot of the Roland S. Howard penned "Shivers" back in the days of The Boys Next Door. Her unfastened delivery of an ironic tale of teenage love and mortality brings a new level of feeling that makes it a welcome addition to Sounds of Late Fall mix you've been working on. Keep your eye out and ears peeled for this one ‘cause you ain't gonna wanna miss it!