By: Kendra Sells
Release Date: March 20, 2015
Alas! Australian Indie-Rocker Courtney Barnett released her first full-length album after gaining quite a following for her upbeat quirky and honest songs. Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit – shouldn’t we all, Courtney? This album touches her concerns that rattle through her mind juxtaposed to the factors outside of her that all work like a torus to create life as we know it. Courtney’s writing is clever, raw, and 100% relate-able. I find it safe to call her a fresh Kimya Dawson on the rise.
Her work can’t go without mentioning the incredible band that backs her smart lyrics. Compared to her previous EP releases, the band varies from tasteful thrash to soul freeing acoustics. The opening track “Elevator Operator” immediately captures listeners with driving drums. Whether one is paying attention to what she’s saying or not, her music offers satisfying riffs and melodies, and an even more soothing tone in tracks like “Depreston” and “Kim’s Caravan.”
This album is a rollercoaster of emotions that is an incredible taste of what Barnett has to offer. All tracks play into one big narrative. The last song on the album, “Boxing Day Blues,” ends leaving me and anyone who listens on our toes and hungry for what this rising prodigy has next.
Check out “Pedestrian at Best”