7 Signs of Courtney’s Come-Up
1. In a Pitchfork Feature, “Tired and Hungry and Alive: 36 Hours with Courtney Barnett” by Amanda Petrusich, Barnett and Petrusich got intimate through folding socks. Petrusich said, “Barnett, for her part, doesn’t really seem to care that I’ve gotten myself up to my elbows in their underthings. That’s her vibe: amiable indifference” (Pitchfork). Click HERE to read the full interview. As a person, Barnett appears to be someone to easily get along with mixed company. Watch the video below to see her friendly nature with Bobby as she attempts to explain Australian slang.
“Courtney Barnett Tries to Teach Bobby
Australian Slang – SNL”:
2. Courtney Barnett is a new sensation and Petrusich noted SoundCloud as the first source to draw attention. She said, “It’s convenient that “Avant Gardener” is how most people first heard Barnett, because it neatly encapsulates her entire aesthetic agenda: the calm narration of a deeply hysterical reality” (Pitchfork).
“Avant Gardener” by Courtney Barnett
3. Aesthetic elements of “Avant Gardener” include Barnett’s slight Australian accent and the even flow of music-to-lyrics. Barnett deals in balancing components of her sound with instruments and vocals. Specific guitar detailing further drives home the aesthetic angle. She bends complicated diary-esque comments to mellow beats.
“Courtney Barnett Performs on SNL”
Watch Courtney Barnett: Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go to the Party from Saturday Night Live on NBC.com
Musical guest Courtney Barnett performs “Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go to the Party” on Saturday Night Live. [Season 41, 2016]
4. Alex Young said, “While she earned a Grammy nod for Best New Artist, last night’s season finale of Saturday Night Live marked the first time she was able to perform live for a national audience. And damn, did she deliver the goods with truly kick-ass performances of “Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go To The Party” … and “Pedestrian At Best” (CoS). Click HERE to read Young’s full write-up, including fan comments on Barnett’s performance.
5. Dennis Perkins said, “Australian rocker Courtney Barnett was just outstanding. A pair of her stripped down, no-nonsense 90s-sounding indie rock songs sent me online to check if my local record store has her debut album in stock. They do. I’m buying it” (A.V.Club). Click HERE to read his Saturday Night Live review.
6. Perkins is right – Barnett is “stripped down, with no-nonsense 90s-sound” – and she conjures up a musical love that was lost in the 90s: Kurt Cobain. Watching her perform on SNL, wearing an old T-shirt that reminded one of Strawberry Shortcake, listening to her minimalist methods summoned the face of 90s music. In that she hails from Australia, it puts one in mind of Silverchair.
7. iTunes Editor said: “A stunning lyricist who paints piercingly vivid sketches of small moments, Barnett sings in a blunt, deadpan voice somewhere between Liz Phair and Joan Jett” (iTunes).
“Three Packs a Day” by Courtney Barnett released as a single 11 January 2016. Click HERE to purchase on iTunes for $.99. Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit by Courtney Barnett is available on iTunes. Click HERE to purchase.
Courtney Barnett has twenty-four events scheduled for her 2016 Tour. Click HERE to view and purchase tix on SongKick.