Tom Pinnock

Jack Cooper of Modern Nature’s fresh perspective on life and music: “I’m after openness and expansiveness now”

Zookeeper, garage-rock avatar, avant-garde explorer… Jack Cooper had already travelled long distances before he left the city for the right kind of quiet. But while this move has given Cooper fresh perspective, what does it mean for his band, Modern Nature?

Courtney Barnett on new album Things Take Time, Take Time: “I ended up making calm, simple, repetitive, meditative music”

Locked down in Melbourne, Courtney Barnett has busied herself buying plants, making soups and hoarding vintage gear. Finally, she emerges with a brilliant new album – but how do the Mojave Desert, Arthur Russell and Joni Mitchell feature in its creation?

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