Mixing witty, often hilarious, occasionally heartbreaking observations with devastaing self-assessment, Australia’s Courtney Barnett has cemented herself as one of the most distinctive and compelling voices in indie rock. She makes her Austin City Limits debut performing songs from her full-length debut album, Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit, and her double EP A Sea of Split Peas.
After leaving art shool in Hobart, Tasmania, Barnett moved to Melbourne and became a mainstay of the local scene. She paid her dues and honed her chops in short-lived garage outfits before playing lead guitar in the twang-psych band Immigrant Union (which featured Bob Harrow and the Dandy Warhols’ Brent DeBoer).
Barnett and her band – which includes the nimble rhythm section of Bones Sloane on bass and Dave Mudie on drums – recorded Sometimes I Sit in Melbourne during the fall fo 2014. The 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. “My songs follow me as a normal human with normal emotions,” she explains, “so there are great highs and great lows. They span everything in my life.”
Critics have responded to Barnett’s ability to put a mirror to life. The Chicago Tribune wrote, “The Australian singer-guitarist has made something fresh out of everyday vignettes.” The Guardian writes that Sometimes I Sit “is fun, intelligent and sets up Barnett as a voice who can tread between both high and low culture and treat them the same.”
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