Courtney Barnett: ‘Every day I had a mid-life crisis’

Singer-songwriter released debut album 'Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit' this week

Courtney Barnett has described the emotional upheavel behind her debut album ‘Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit’ which was released on Monday (March 23).

Speaking in the new issue of NME, which is on newsstands now and available digitally, the Australian singer-songwriter discusses her album and how it reflects the last year of her life.

She said: “The album is a general overview of essentially a year of emotions – 12 months of fucking every day day, up, down, up, down. I dunno what a normal person has, but everyday I had a midlife crisis.”

Commenting on the fact she thought people would hate 2013 single ‘Avant Gardener’ Barnett added: “You can’t assume anything, so don’t bother.

“You shouldn’t know how to write a song! It’s like when people talk about writing songs for ads, that will get things for syncs, and they talk about freedom and summer and being yourself; it’s like fuck tha-at! Only idiots connect with that kinda stuff. People wanna hear about real – well, people that I want to listen to my music, they should wanna listen to real stuff.”

Courtney Barnett recently appeared on US TV to perform her track ‘Depreston’ on Ellen – watch the live performance here.

Barnett also streamed her new album ‘Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit’ online

The LP is technically Barnett’s first album. However, two of her EPs (‘I’ve Got A Friend Called Emily Ferris’ and ‘How To Carve A Carrot Into A Rose’) were put out together as ‘The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas’ in 2014.

Courtney Barnett begins her biggest ever UK tour on March 27 at Brighton’s Concorde 2, closing the dates at London’s Electric Ballroom on April 9.

To check the availability of Courtney Barnett tickets and get all the latest listings, head to NME.COM/tickets.