Courtney Bar­nett and Kurt Vile

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Lotta Sea Lice MATADOR ★★★★★

Although the pair­ing of Kurt Vile and Courtney Bar­nett, two lan­guid singer-song­writ­ers, could have ended up too hazy, their mu­tu­ally dreamy, drawl­ing styles com­ple­ment each other per­fectly. The way their gui­tars jan­gle and chime to­gether re­flects a long­stand­ing friend­ship. They sing on each other’s old songs: Bar­nett’s Outta the Wood­work or a joy­ously up­beat ver­sion of Vile’s Blue Cheese. They turn in a har­mony-soaked take on Belly’s Un­to­gether. Five brand new orig­i­nals show­case a sim­i­lar kooky charm as they rat­tle through ran­dom sub­jects. Vile sings about deci­bel-in­duced hear­ing im­pair­ment in six-minute opener

Over Ev­ery­thing, while the pair cel­e­brate their long-dis­tance bond in Con­ti­nen­tal Break­fast (“I cher­ish my in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal friend­ships”). Laugh­ter punc­tu­ates songs that sound as much of a de­light to record as they do to lis­ten to: it’s at least the sum of its two tal­ented parts. Dave Simp­son

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