EXCLUSIVE: These Are Courtney Barnett's Favourite Pride Tracks
ICYMI, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras have officially kicked off and this year, we're celebrating with a little help from some of our favourite Aussie artists and LGBTQI icons.
Next up is Australian singer songwriter, Courtney Barnett, who has taken a little time out of her busy schedule to give us her top 10 pride playlist picks.
Featuring everyone from Lizzo, to Miss Blanks, and Elton John, Courtney's favourite pride tracks will take you on a journey of celebration, acceptance, and self-love.
1. Lizzo - Juice
First up on Courtney's pride playlist is the bouncy, retro funk-pop favourite 'Juice' by American singer/rapper Lizzo. Since bursting on to the scene in 2013 with her album Lizzobangers, Lizzo has made a name for herself playing at Pride festivals around the US and as an ally for the LGBTQ community. Speaking to Billboard, Lizzo said, "When it comes to sexuality or gender, I personally don’t ascribe to just one thing. I cannot sit here right now and tell you I’m just one thing...That’s why the colors for LGBTQ+ are a rainbow! Because there’s a spectrum, and right now we try to keep it black and white. That’s just not working for me.”
2. Evelyn Ida Morris - When The Body Appears
Evelyn Ida Morris, also known as Pikelet, is a Melbourne artist who began drumming for punk bands including Baseball and True Radical Miracle. Morris's 2018 track 'When The Body Appears' deals with the experience of being non-binary and making sense of that experience. "I didn't know what I was feeling when I started making this album," they said. "I had a lot of unresolved feelings about being non-binary and about what that meant in the world."
3. Thelma Plum - Not Angry Anymore
Earlier this month, Aussie songstress Thelma Plum followed up her popular 'Clumsy Love' with 'Not Angry Anymore.' According to Plum, this toe-tapping pop tune, "is about healing, forgiveness and understanding that we aren't always in control of everyone's actions and we can only take responsibility for our own happiness - thought sometimes that process can be a long and difficult one."
4. Hand Habits - Can't Calm Down
The fourth spot on Courtney's pride playlist goes to Los Angeles-based artist Hand Habits, AKA Meg Duffy, with the dreamy 'Can't Calm Down.' Duffy says "this song took the longest lyrically for me to finish. I started it about three years ago and kept it in progress throughout different cycles of feeling. 'Ancestral damage' and learned behaviours and conditioning to react/hold and place certain emotions are patterns I'm interested in taking part and understanding better."
5. St Vincent - Los Ageless
St Vincent's 2017 electropop track 'Los Ageless' takes the 5th spot on Courtney's pride playlist. The bright, pop coloured video for 'Los Ageless' parodies the lengths people in LA will go for perfection, including plastic surgery, extreme beauty treatments, yoga and more.
6. Janelle Monae - Pynk
Written by Janelle Monae and fellow musician Grimes, 'Pynk' is all about female empowerment, with a music video to match. Monae describes Pynk as, "a celebration of creation, self love, sexuality and pussy power." She added that the colour pink "unites all of humanity," because it's the colour "found in the deepest and darkest nooks and crannies of humans everywhere."
7. Harkin - Mist On Glass
Katie Harkin's track 'Mist On Glass' is number 7 on Courtney's pride playlist, and it's no surprise. Katie has collaborated with Courtney on her 2017's track 'Lotta Sea Lice' and her 2018 album 'Tell Me How You Really Feel.' Harkin told TIDAL, "I wrote 'Mist On Glass' between borrowed rooms on tour and my cottage among the howling moors of The Peak District National Park, searching for a sound that combined the eeriness of the English countryside with the pace of the mechanised world. 'Mist On Glass' confronts identity, conflict, and self-determination."
8. Sasami - Jealousy
According to LA singer/songwriter Sasami, the video for 'Jealousy' was inspired by the scene 'Bruce Vs Chocolate cake' from the 1996 adaptation of Roald Dahl's Matilda. "I wanted it to be kind of like a filmed version of a weird play. I am a witch creature and my sidekick, Gobby, and I dance in our painted backdrop lair and plot mischief. Luckily our havoc bears liberating ends as the bewitched are released of their socially-expected, self-imposed obsessions and rituals. I wanted to make something grotesque and creepy and funny, of course.”
9. Elton John - Tiny Dancer
For the 9th spot on her pride playlist, Courtney has gone for the 1971 classic, 'Tiny Dancer' by Elton John. 'Tiny Dancer' was written by Bernie Taupin who told Rolling Stone the song was about his wife at the time, Maxine Feibelman. "We came to California in the fall of 1970, and sunshine radiated from the populace. I was trying to capture the spirit of that time, encapsulated by the women we met - especially at the clothes stores up and down the Strip in L.A," he said. "They were free spirits, sexy in hip-huggers and lacy blouses, and very ethereal, the way they moved. So different from what I'd been used to in England. And they all wanted to sew patches on your jeans. They'd mother you and sleep with you - it was the perfect Oedipal complex."
10. Miss Blanks - This Bitch
Brisbane artist and activist Miss Blanks claps back at the haters with her 2018 track, 'This Bitch.' Miss Blanks, AKA Sian Vandermeulen, says 'This Bitch' "is a culmination of what my aftercare has come to look like within the parameters of the music landscape and artistic output, as well the duality of who I am.” Unaplogetic and a whole lot of fun, 'This Bitch' is the perfect way for Courtney to end her 2019 pride playlist on a very high note.
Check out Troye Sivan's ultimate pride playlist here.