The topic of internet trolls is one that is discussed seemingly all over the internet, unfortunately, it tends to be out of touch middle aged men who get the final say. Not many people expected Courtney Barnett to return so soon after her critically acclaimed collaborative album with Kurt Vile and I think fewer thought internet trolls would be the subject of her return.
‘Nameless, Faceless’ is the first cut from upcoming album ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’ (Marathon Artists/ Milk! Records) which will be released just 7 months after Vile collaboration ‘Lotta Sea Lice’. With the now trademark Barnett jangly laidback style ‘Nameless, Faceless’ but with a new ferocity that has not previously been shown by the relaxed Aussie. In the chorus, Barnett sings about how scared women can be to walk alone in the dark while men are ‘scared that women will laugh at them’ pointing out the ridiculousness of the insecurities of the modern man.
The Lucy Dyson directed and illustrated video is Python-esque with seemingly cut out images being sliced together to create an uncomfortable atmosphere. Masked characters appear while Barnett looks clearly frustrated at the ridiculousness of the situation.
It’s nice to see someone who is clearly affected by this issue to be allowed to make a comment on the situation. Unfortunately, if anyone knows what it’s like to be the target of internet trolls it’s going to be a woman in the public eye. Barnett has always shown maturity and she’s never been scared to speak her mind but ‘Nameless, Faceless’ feels like another big step forward.