Courtney Barnett acknowledges similarities between her clips and those of Melbourne band Quivers
Courtney Barnett has acknowledged the similarities between the recently released music video for her single ‘Before You Gotta Go’ and fellow Melbourne Quivers’ music video for ‘You’re Not Always On My Mind’.
Both music videos feature the respective musicians taking to the field and recording audio samples of the natural world. Additionally, the lyrics to Barnett’s song, “You are always on my mind”is similar to the song title Quivers.
The Quivers video, directed by Nina Renee, was filmed on the island of Toarra-Marra-Monah (also known as Maria Island in Tasmania), as well as the countries of Woiwurrung and Boon Wurrung (Melbourne).
Barnett’s video, directed by Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore and released a year and a half later, was also shot on Woiwurrung and Boon Wurrung country, in addition to unceded indigenous lands in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Watch the two videos below:
At Social MediaBarnett promoted the Quivers video saying “I thought I had come up with a nice original idea for a video, but it seems I was wrong”.
“I would like to introduce you to the Melbourne group [Quivers] and director [Nina Renee] who had the same idea long before me,” she wrote.
“Any similarity is completely coincidental and if I had seen this clip when I was making mine, I would have completely changed my concept or the way we explored it.”
the video clip description on youtube has also been modified to reflect similarities.
“The resemblance is uncanny, but it’s entirely a coincidence [sic]. We respect and admire Quivers and Nina Renee and we appreciate them reaching out and having the conversation with us.
At FacebookQuivers wrote, “We would like to thank Courtney Barnett for recognizing the similarities between her music video and Nina Renee’s ‘You’re Not Always On My Mind’.”
“Before You Gotta Go” is taken from Barnett’s upcoming album “Things Take Time, Take Time,” which will be released on November 12. “You’re Not Always On My Mind” was included on Quivers’ “Golden Doubt” album, released in June.