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Listen: Courtney Barnett, Vagabon cover Sharon Van Etten’s ‘Don’t Do It’ for ‘epic’ 10th anniversary reissue

Sharon Van Etten is set to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of epic with the release of epic Ten on April 16th, which features a whole slew of artists covering songs from the album. Today, Courtney Barnett and Vagabon have shared their cover of Sharon Van Etten’s “Don’t Do It.”

“I was so honoured that Sharon invited me to be part of this project,” Barnett explains. “She is one of my favourite songwriters and such an inspiring artist, performer & encouraging friend to me. This song ‘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. 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 10 years old and see how it/they evolved. I think it’s a beautiful thing to celebrate the journey of a song.”

So far, we’ve already gotten covers of Van Etten tracks from Big Red Machine, IDLES, Lucinda Williams, and Shamir, and we’re still set to get Fiona Apple’s rendition of “Love More.”

Listen to Barnett and Vagabon’s cover of “Don’t Do It” alongside the original track below.

“I went into the studio a few days after Melbourne lockdown lifted,” Barnett continues. “Stella Mozgawa played drums and I played guitar and we built the song from there. A week later I was talking to my friend Lætitia (Vagabon) we were saying how we should collaborate more. I nervously asked if she’d be interested in singing with me on this song and I’m so glad she said yes, her voice sounds incredible and really made the song feel complete. After nearly a year of solitude, I was so grateful for this opportunity to create something different with people that I greatly admire. And it seemed perfectly strange that the last time I was on stage pre-COVID was with these three people.”

Revisit the epic Ten covers tracklist below.
epic Ten Covers Tracklist:

01 – “A Crime” – Big Red Machine
02 – “Peace Signs” – IDLES
03 – “Save Yourself” – Lucinda Williams
04 – “DsharpG” – Shamir
05 – “Don’t Do It” – Courtney Barnett (ft. Vagabon)
06 – “One Day” – St. Panther
07 – “Love More” – Fiona Apple

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