Courtney Barnett Vinyl, CD & tapes by Courtney Barnett at Norman Records
Wordsmith Courtney Barnett benefits from a complete inability to stop thinking, her acerbic wit rolling out over jangling, chiming indie rock songs like Columbo with Just One More Thing to say.
Since releasing her double EP classic, the wonderfully titled Sea of Split Peas, she's gone on to make records proper, full of accidentally-on-purpose poetry that can be gleefully inane or politically poignant. Few writers can rattle off lyrics as simple as "It's a Monday, it's so mundane" and get away with it -- but the brilliantly performative inflections of Barnett's vocal, and the ever-winking sound of her music, sells it.
Barnett followed-up her EP with Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, another example of her fidgety songwriting process that lingers like the Shrodinger's Cat of indie rock; indecisive and absolute, her songs became freewheeling and fuzzy. After her recent record with Kurt Vile, which was seemingly made out of solidarity for their shared slacker ways, she released Tell Me How You Really Feel, a louder and more caustic effort that suggests there's more fire to come. She may be a walking dictionary mixologist, but Barnett's music is itself a versatile mix of jangle and grit, worth seeking out. Go listen to "Avant Gardener" now.
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