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Courtney Barnett - Pedestrian At Best


Courtney Barnett came to our attention what feels like years ago now, her presence being so assured since then. Her new track from the upcoming LP Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit to be released on Mom+Pop, is an absolute barnstormer which addresses Barnett’s rise to critical acclaim with all the snotty nosed punk poetry Dylan would’ve displayed if he grew up in South London in the 70’s. For that reason it has to be our Track of the Day

It’s this very comparison which is seemingly part of the thematic of the song. It’s got all the fuzzy riffs and megaphone vocals one could hope for but Barnett’s real prowess comes with her lyrical ability.

She is undoubtedly one of the classiest writers around at the moment addressing personal subjects with an ambivalence towards privacy which endears fans to her even more greatly, striking comparisons of a modern-day Patti Smith. Coupling this honesty with apathetic delivery and the mild taste of discourse towards the industry she is so quickly prevailing in.

“Give me all your money and I’ll make some origami, honey.” – Courtney Barnett, Pedestrian at Best

She talks about the pedestal she has been put upon and lists the reasons she shouldn’t be trusted with such a position. The track is at times funny, angry and more importantly it’s an absolute foot stomper. It’s aggression is complemented by the barrage of spoken word lyrics which fly out like a poetic shotgun, spraying the suyrrounding area with pellets of punk tinged perfection.

Don’t like the pedestal Courtney? You need to stop writing such damn good tunes then!

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Jack Whatley