“Put me on a pedestal and I’ll only disappoint. You tell me I’m exceptional and I promise to exploit you.”
“Pedestrian At Best,” Courtney Barnett’s latest track, is creating a fair amount of buzz and it’s no surprise. With rambling lyrics that make you want to look up just exactly what she’s saying, Barnett’s vocal style is unapologetic- at times speaking, at times singing. There’s an air of Riot Grrl in her voice as well as the electric guitar backing this track (think Sleater-Kinney and Bikini Kill), and the song’s catchy chorus is loud and brash. “Pedestrian At Best” makes you want to stand on a chair and shout along. The track manages to sound classic without losing its freshness and that’s truly admirable.
If, like me, you can’t get enough of “Pedestrian At Best” you’re in luck. Barnett’s debut album Sometimes I Just Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit was released on March 23. You can buy it on iTunes here.