Trying to pull apart which is Barnett and which is Vile on this record is impossible.
Those with ears more tuned to Barnett’s songwriting might hear the opening bars of first track Over Everything and expect Barnett’s drawl to come first, and feel curveballed when it’s Vile’s. Their winding, staggering melodies complement each other perfectly, as if they’d grown together as much as into each other. It’s an unfussy and unpretentious guitar record from two of the world’s least fussy and pretentious guitarists, and a showcase of their greatest combined strengths.
Lotta Sea Lice is out October 13 via Milk! Records/Matador Records.