Album Preview – Courtney Barnett : Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

Rarely is there an artist as inherently witty, as fantastically bizarre as Courtney Barnett. Starting up in 2006 in Melbourne, Australia, Barnett didn’t release her first EP until 2011 with I’ve Got a Friend Called Emily Ferris. Courtney Barnett did not receive critical, or even popular notoriety however, until her EP in 2013, The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas. From the titles of her albums alone you should get a sense of the humor that Barnett employs in her music. Which brings us to her upcoming full-length album release: Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit.

I would say that the very fact that Barnett is finally releasing a true album is a sign of her maturation as an artist, but because her sound is innately raw, I will not. With rambling lyrics and my personal favorite aspect of her music, her absolute deadpan delivery, Courtney Barnett refuses to stray from the style that has brought her to where she is today. Layering lyrics that you might see in an angsty teen’s poetry, Barnett brings down the hammer with fast-paced heavy rock in some songs, such as the first single off her upcoming album, “Pedestrian at Best.” However, this is not necessarily the way one should typecast Barnett’s music with a song like “Depreston” on the very same album. Unsurprisingly, the uniqueness and variation of every piece of Courtney Barnett’s music is as multi-faceted as Barnett herself.

Look for Courtney Barnett’s upcoming debut full-length album to be released on Milk! Records, and other labels, on March 23rd, 2015. Be sure to check out “Pedestrian at Best” and some of Barnett’s other music via SoundCloud below:

– Alec



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