Over Everything

Album: Lotta Sea Lice (2017)
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  • This is the lead single from Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile's collaborative album Lotta Sea Lice. They laid the record down in Barnett's native Melbourne, Australia between tours over the course of more than a year.
  • The ambling exploration of music creativity was the first song Vile came up with when he initially imagined collaborating with the Australian. He recalled to Pitchfork: "I just started strumming this tune and putting words in there that I thought Courtney would sing about things."
  • Asked if he had the whole thing written when he met Courtney at the studio, Vile replied: "I was terrified. I didn't have it all - there were a few verses that I wrote literally on the spot. But the concept was there. It's about being in your own world musically and waking up in the morning and walking outside and being consumed by everything around you. Just being aware of the good things in art and music and life. It's also about how the world is at a boiling point, in a way."
  • Barnett recalled: "When Kurt first showed me that song, I was thinking more about how we were gonna do it. The meaning of the words didn't come to me until way later. I still get new things out of it now. That song just gets better when you bounce it against the world."


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