Courtney Barnett

'Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit' (album stream)

BY Sarah MurphyPublished Mar 16, 2015

Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett gained acclaim with The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas a couple years ago, but she's back — with her album title game still going strong — and is ready to drop her debut LP Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit next week. We've already heard excellent lead single "Pedestrian at Best" and its folkier deadbeat town ode follow-up "Depreston," but now you can stream the record in its entirety right here at Exclaim! before it hits shelves.
The album opens with early highlight "Elevator Operator" before delving deeper to showcase softer, less hilarious songs like "An Illustration of Loneliness (Sleepness in NY)" and closer "Boxing Day Blues." Not to fear, though, there's still an abundance of wry wit and lines that drip with sarcasm.
From the questionable organic grocery shopping lessons she dishes out in "Dead Fox," to the universal sentiment of wanting to go out but wanting to stay home expressed on "Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go to the Party," Barnett gives off an effortless relatability, but manages to deliver those familiar feelings much more eloquently than most of us could hope to do.
"My songs follow me as a normal human with normal emotions," she said in a previous statement about the new material. "So there are great highs and great lows. They span everything in my life."
At times funny, at times blunt, and always honest, Barnett proves she's more than just a quirky songwriter on her full-length debut. It's one you'll want to spend some time with, so grab a chair, have a seat and give Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit the first of many listens below.
The record officially arrives on March 24 via Mom + Pop. Barnett has several tour dates coming up, including some here in Canada. You can see all those here.

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