Courtney Barnett: “I used to hide behind the noise I made with pedals. Now I'm using the guitar more like a paintbrush, finding what's needed”

Courtney Barnett
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Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist Courtney Barnett’s third album Things Take Time, Take Time is a meditation on patience and vulnerability. 

Following the heady touring cycle of second album, 2018’s Tell Me How You Really Feel, Barnett experienced a period of self-confessed “burnout” in 2019. It took 2020’s enforced stasis to give the songwriter the headspace that she didn’t know she was missing.

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Matt Parker
Features Editor,

Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.