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Courtney Barnett


Country of origin:

Australia

Type of music generally:

Alternative pop/rock with a touch of performance art

Status:

Most recent release, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit (2015)

See also:

Courtney Barnett's site

Wikipedia's entry for Courtney Barnett

Comparisons:

Patti Smith, Bob Dylan, Sophie Hunger

Covers/own material:

Own

General comments:

Courtney Barnett herself admits she's not the greatest vocalist ever. She's got a rather rough voice, and often she half-speaks the lyrics. THe tunes are fine alt rock, but not terribly innovative. So what is it about her that's so engaging? The witty songwriting and the straightforward way she presents her music and the Dylan-rant slice-of-life lyrics. The fun rhymes. Many of her songs are utterly irresistable, and feel like she's caught something about contemporary life that other singersongwriters haven't. (Neile)

Literate, clever, and wry lyrics that foreground millennial angst and preoccupations, all set to a classic indie guitar-driven sound. (jmgurley@drizzle.com)

Recommended first album:

Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

Recordings:


The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas

Release info:

2014—Mom + Pop

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Recommended

Comments:

This album is a great introduction to Courtney Barnett's music, but only "Avant Gardener" and especially "History Eraser" (both such brilliant songs) have the absolute engaging power of Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. I could listen to "History Eraser" over and over. And have. (Neile)

Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

Release info:

2015—Mom + Pop—MP221-2

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Courtney Barnett—guitar, vocals

Guest artists:

Dave Mudie—drums, percussion, vocals
Dones Sloane—bass, vocals
Dan Luscombe—guitar, vocals

Produced by:

Courtney Barnett, Burke Reid, Dan Luscombe

Comments:

One of my favourites of the year. My two favourites on the album are "Pedestrian At Best" and "Dead Fox." How can anyone resist lyrics like "give me all your money / and I'll make some origami, honey"? I guess the answer is, not me. Give it a listen. It's delightful. (Neile)

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