Courtney Barnett has been welcomed to the sunny lands of the USA with open arms. Watch her play solo in a candy store for Nylon TV. So sweet.
My favourite girl of the moment: Courtney Barnett. We first spoke about her in November last year, after stumbling upon her awesome Melbourne based label, Milk! Records, which is also home to Jen Cloher, The Finks, Royston Vasie and Fraser A. Gorman. Since then, she is just exploded into the hearts of Americans. So quickly! Seemingly out of the blue, she booked a slot at Coachella.
It turned out to be an incredibly well-received set at the festival. Following her stint in Cali, she headed to the East Coast to perform live on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (wearing an Atolls t-shirt), and absolutely killed it. Jimmy loved it, we loved it, Australians everywhere were cheering. Her totally relaxed on stage presence is quintessentially Australian and the land of red, blue n white goes nuts for it. Also, she’s able to totally shred left-handed guitar, which just adds to her coolness.
I’ve been listening to her double EP, A Sea of Split Peas non-stop for the past week so my head is full of Barnett. Then I found this gorgeous little stripped back performance of Avant Gardener. Filmed inside a candy store (how sweet) for Nylon TV (which is pretty much a stamp of “Yes, you’re a cool chick now, you’re on Nylon”), its a sugary solo performance.
It gives Barnett’s voice a chance to shine, and I realised for the first time while watching this vid how strong it is. I had previously let her badass guitar work and strong Australian drawl distract from how sweet her vocals actually are alone – how silly of me!
Watch the Barnett trawlin’ through barrels of tootsie-rolls, lollipops and sugared almonds, all the while telling her tale of sleeping in late, taking too many pharmaceuticals and being crap at smoking bongs. Catch her back in Aus at Splendour.
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