Courtney Barnett dusted off an old, previously unrecorded song, gave it a tweak, and released it as part of the Split Singles Club. The new old track is titled “How to Boil an Egg” and you can listen to it below.
“How to Boil an Egg” is from Barnett’s early days. The indie rocker explained in a Facebook post that she would play it at open-mics when she was 21 years old, which means it pre-dates her first EP, I’ve Got a Friend Called Emily Ferris (2012). She characterizes the track as a songwriting experiment that doesn’t really have a place on any of her other albums.
“How to Boil an Egg” is Barnett’s contribution to a very special collaboration between her label, Milk! Records, and Bedroom Suck called Split Singles Club. The project is a limited-edition collection of six 7-inch vinyl, each pairing a track from one of Milk!’s favorite Aussie artists on one side, with one of Bedroom Suck’s on the other. Barnett’s track appears on a 7-inch with a new song from Brisbane psych-pop band Blank Realm called “Jesus Part two.” Other artists involved with the project include Jade Imagine, LA Mood, Hachiku, Cable Ties, The Maraby Band, Lehmann B. Smith, Emlyn Johnson, Primo!, Treehouse, and Dag. The six vinyls were released over the course of three months, with Barnett’s 7-inch closing out the series. Each record is accompanied by original artworks by illustrator Steph Hughes.
When Barnett shared “How to Boil an Egg”, she also let slip that she’s been working on demos for her next album. We aren’t sure if this is related, but in March she spent some time in Chicago, and posted a video on Instagram from an undisclosed studio. Also, reportedly, Barnett has a collaboration with Kurt Vile in the works, and she recently played a show with Patti Smith. Sadly, she doesn’t have any other gigs scheduled.
If you aren’t a member of the Split Singles Club, “How to Boil an Egg” is also available for purchase here.