I first took note of Courtney Barnett mid last year after seeing a billboard advertising The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas. What stood out to me was that her artwork had blatantly ripped off the hugely talented Christy O'Connor and his Aloha From The Alps EP, and that both of which were completely unrelated to some little known Hokusai woodprint.
Regardless of that, I made sure to keep an eye and an ear open for Barnett, and heard her song 'Avant Gardener' quite a few times, a song about having an anaphylactic asthma attack in the midst of a heatwave. The Australian's "witty, rambling lyrics and deadpan singing style" hadn't won me over altogether, but with her new single 'Pedestrian At Best' and news of her brilliantly titled debut album Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit I knew that I should be paying more attention to her.
I could basically quote the entire song, but choice lyrics include: "I must confess, I've made a mess of what should be a small success/But I digress, at least I've tried my very best, I guess" and "I think you're a joke, but I don't find you very funny".
The album is out on 24th March, but for now, watch Barnett play a depressed clown who inadvertently ruins everyone's day. If that doesn't speak to me, then nothing will.