March saw the release of Courtney Barnett’s debut album, Sometimes I sit and think, and sometimes I just sit. Kicking off with tracks such as Elevator Operator and Pedestrian at Best, the album is framed by tastefully repetitive guitar and Barnett’s dead-pan observations, however it develops into an introspective look at humanity set against chilled hazy melodies as elegant, if not more so, as Barnett showed on her previous release; The Double EP; a sea of split peas. This album sees Courtney Barnett look deeper into herself and captures the drab monotony of life and dresses it up in what is a relatable and fresh new light. Barnett’s formula for writing songs hasn’t seemed to have changed but her presentation and production has developed considerably, tracks such as Aqua Profunda! and Dead Fox build the album up to a crescendo before Debbie Downer and Kim’s Caravan bring the album back down to a contemplative well considered end to the album. I think what captures the attention of her ever growing fan base however, is Barnett’s ability to say what everyone was thinking and in the state the world is in at the moment, they are glad she is.
Andrew is a presenter/writer/DJ at FreshAir.org.uk. He runs two shows and is involved with events and music. He can be found at shows an gigs around Edinburgh. He listens to a wide range of music but tends to gravitate towards Indie, Alternative and DIY music. If you ever see a shy, retiring, slightly apologetic looking guy with floppy hair around campus, it’s likely to be Andrew so say hello!