A charming, funny and whip - smart debut straight outta Melbourne
Lazily slouching out of a Melbourne bedsit, Courtney Barnett’s two EPs (this year’s ‘How To Carve A Carrot Into A Rose’ and 2012’s ‘I’ve Got a Friend Called Emily Ferris’, collected here) establish the 25-year-old as a prodigiously talented songwriter. A voice like Sheryl Crow waking up the morning after her birthday just sweetens the deal. She writes candid lines like “I masturbated to the songs you wrote” and rambling, freewheeling anti-folk odysseys like ‘History Eraser’, full of Rolling Stones and Triffids references. The best is ‘Avant Gardener’, a tale of ending up in an ambulance after a panic attack. It’s funny, charming and full of whip-smart observations like “The paramedic thinks I’m clever ’cos I play guitar/I think she’s clever ’cos she stops people dying”. Worth climbing out of bed for.
Kevin EG Perry