Welcome to the world of Courtney Barnett, a hazy place where suburban banalities and procrastination have never sounded so compelling. The Melbourne-based singer, guitarist and songwriter has built a growing legion of local devotees through a series of DIY releases on her own label Milk! Records and now it seems the rest of the world has embraced her – having sold out her most recent tours to rapturous audiences in the UK and USA.
Pitchfork likened her latest single Avant Gardener to "mid-'60s Bob Dylan and a Byrds-ian blend of psychedelia, folk and country" while Brooklyn Vegan wrote that "her songwriting that hearkens back to the creative burst of the late '60s. Specifically in California -- her melodies and psychedelic harmonies recall the work of David Crosby or John Phillips".
Contrary to the slacker-pop sensibility and laid-back psychedelia of her recordings, the sprawling, hair-raising guitar jams of her live trio "The Courtney Barnetts" are simply electrifying.
Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit - Mixing witty, often hilarious, occasionally heartbreaking observations with devastating self-assessment, Courtney Barnett’s debut album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, cements her standing as one of the most distinctive and compelling voices in indie rock. These songs reveal not only an assured songwriter and guitar player, but also an artist who in just a few years has already proved highly influential becoming one of Australia’s biggest music exports
"Rock that works up the scrappy momentum of the Velvet Underground" - New York Times
"Barnett has a gift for turning mundane scenarios into gripping stories... brilliant" – Pitchfork
“Tales that unspool like barstool revelations and sound like some hybrid of Kimya Dawson and Kurt Cobain” - Rolling Stone
“a perfect summary of the earnest freewheelin’ and rambling wit that makes music from this end of the world just so great” – The Guardian UK