Last year, Courtney Barnett joined forces with singer-songwriter Vagabon to cover the Tim Hardin-penned 1965 song ‘Reason to Believe’, inspired by Karen Dalton’s interpretation of the classic.
Now, the duo have teamed up once again to deliver a rendition of Sharon Van Etten‘s ‘Don’t Do It’ as part of the 10th anniversary reissue of Van Etten’s 2010 sophomore LP epic.
Per the Music, Barnett told Double J that Van Etten was one of her favourite songwriters, saying she was honoured to be invited as part of the project.
“’Don’t Do It’ is powerful and personal, I really didn’t know how to make it my own, in fact, I tried to pick a different song and convinced myself I wasn’t up to the task, but Sharon was quietly supportive the whole time,” Barnett explained.
“In the process of talking vulnerably about the lyrics with her, I had to delve deeper into what the song meant for me. It’s fascinating to hear an artist ruminate on a song that is ten years old and see how it/they have evolved. I think it’s a beautiful thing to celebrate the journey of a song.”
Listen to Courtney Barnett’s cover of ‘Don’t Do It’ featuring Vagabon below.