Last year was a big one for Courtney Barnett: The Australian singer-songwriter rode a cresting wave of buzz around her late-2013 release The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas to American clubs and festivals, winning new fans all the way with clever, quirky tunes like her signature "Avant Gardener." 2014 was also the year that Barnett got to work on her proper debut LP, recording at a studio near her Melbourne home with her band, the Courtney Barnetts. "The reaction from The Double EP was pretty surreal," she says. "I didn’t really expect a lot of that! But I tried not to consider it too much when we were in the studio." Click through for more exclusive images from Barnett's recording process, with captions sent over by Barnett. "I am super-excited about getting this album into the world," she says. "It was really fun making it, and I feel super-proud of it."
"Listening back to tracks in the studio."
"Burke Reid explains what he's looking for."
"Courtney and Dan start the day." (With guitarist Dan Luscombe.)
"Pages of lyrics strewn across the floor."
"Burke naps during pre-production at Bakehouse Studios."
"Courtney's microphone output."
"Courtney laying down guitar tracks."
"Bones Sloane between takes."
"Courtney and Jen Cloher being sweet in the playroom."
"Compressors at HeadGap Studio."
"Listening back to take after take, late into the night."
"Dan and Bones, ticking off each part one by one."
"Wires, plugs, cables."
"Dan Luscombe records some lead guitar lines."
"Whisky and Thai food during a break."