Courtney Barnett – ‘Pedestrian at Best’

Now is the winter of discontent, meaning most of us common mortals trudge through daily life fighting the common flu. Emerging artists, however, are faced with a somewhat different ailment which affects them all-year round: second album syndrome. With the pressure on to deliver after the debut, the struggle to find the perfect title is high up on the symptom list.

Speaking of which, the release of ‘Pedestrian at Best’ proves to the world that Courtney Barnett is a medical marvel. Not only does it feature one of our all-time favourite adjectives, but it also manages to perfectly encapsulate the essence of the rest of forthcoming EP Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, out on the 23rd March.

The contradictory nature of ‘Pedestrian at Best’ is a look into what could be if Kate Tempest and Mike Skinner ever collaborated (hint hint). Barnett’s self-deprecating lyrics – both funny and dark – are delivered in a stand-offish manner that exude self-assurance, yet manage to overpower the fierce power chords that solidify the song’s sarcastic demeanour.

“I must confess, I’ve made a mess of what should be a small success,” she snides over the chorus, knowing full well that she couldn’t be more wrong… or right?

Courtney Barnett’s second EP Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit is out on the 23rd March.

Check out upcoming UK tour dates here.


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