"I must confess, I've made a mess of what should be a small success". The prominent position of these tongue-twisted lines of self-depreciation and meta self-reference are matched by a notable increase in feedback levels and snarling punk backdrop, forming a new playground for Courtney's trademark free-flowing, stream-of-consciousness dialect. "Pedestrian at Best" is an exciting introduction to the Melbourne singer-songwriter's new focus and forthcoming debut LP, Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, which, given the unwavering level of global attention, will obviously be far from the aforementioned "small success". Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit is out March 23 on Milk Records, with pre-orders available now via Barnett's website.
Related: In The Studio With Courtney Barnett
It's not the slick night-spot lounge bar scene of glazed-over glances from beautiful specimens we suspected would be the visual companion for Cosmo's Midnight's latest pop groove, instead we're given a snapshot of the lonesome daily grind of an overworked UberX enthusiast as he treks his well-worn hatchback throughout rural Australia. Yet the unexpected treatment by local newcomers Chester Buchanan and Finn Boyle, with it's straight-faced subjects and intriguingly off-centre storyline, is a surprising compliment to the tracks own hypnotic unravelling.
The Sydney duo kick off a national tour next month:
Friday, February 20: Cats @ Rocket Bar, Adelaide
Saturday, February 28: TBC Club, Brisbane
Friday, March 6: Civic Underground, Sydney
Saturday, March 7: The Pile @ Gilkison's Dance Studio, Perth
Saturday, March 14: Warehaus, Melbourne
Saturday, March 21: The Helm, Sunshine Coast
Offered as a bridge between the two previous sneak peaks from their forthcoming new album, Smoke & Mirrors — the infectious lead single "I Bet My Life" and the foot-stomping forthrightness of album track "Gold" — "Shots" finds Imagine Dragons amplifying an intimate, introspective position for stadium-sized consumption, taking their anxious pop delivery to an anthemic scale.
Smoke & Mirrors is out on February 13, iTunes pre-orders available now.
An almost monotonic introduction only maintained by it's sprinkling of blunt statements. But then an abrupt shift and we're suddenly amidst three minutes of the most exciting music to emerge so far this year.
Alexander Hagman, vocalist for the Swedish hardcore punk group says the video for their latest single, "Flow", "illustrates what we feel like music wise and mentally after being away for almost 6 years. We wanted a gritty, nasty, disturbing look in the style of the movie "pusher". [...] We recorded this in a 10 degree C hangar. Almost no clothes. We got wet, we got spat on, we got hit for real and it was just the worst recording ever comfortable-wise". As expected the resulting video is raw as hell, yet maintains a certain element of sharpness, a borderline balance that aptly matches its soundtrack.
"Flow" features on the group's brilliant new album, To The North, which was released earlier this month.