Courtney Barnett, the rising rock singer-songwriter known for her clever observations of everyday life, has announced the details of her debut LP, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, to be released March 24 through Mom + Pop Records.
The Aussie artist also shared the album’s first single, “Pedestrian at Best,” where she expresses characteristic anxiety towards her impending fame with lines like, “put me on a pedestal and I’ll only disappoint you.” Listen below, and watch the video, in which Barnett plays a berated clown. It’s pretty amusing.
As Rolling Stone suggests in a new interview with Barnett, the grunge feel of “Pedestrian at Best” can be found elsewhere on the new LP. The magazine writes: “Soft-loud guitar dynamics echo her teenage love for Nirvana at times, and the inspiration for the album’s swirling psychedelic textures came from a less-expected source. ‘I kept coming back to A Ghost Is Born,’ Barnett says, citing a key experience rocking out to Wilco’s 2004 LP on another Sydney-to-Melbourne road trip. ‘I love how it goes from extreme quietness to excruciating noise.'”