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Not Part of the Church of Courtney Barnett? “Pedestrian at Best” Will Convert You.

Courtney Barnett.

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Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett should already be famous. One reason is her inimitable vocal style—a bricolage of spoken word, humorous monologue, and deadpan singing—but even more unique are the words themselves: Barnett pens lyrics that shimmer with sarcasm, tongue-in-cheek wisdom, and acrobatic wordplay. “Pedestrian at Best,” her latest head-banger of a single, is a stunning showcase of those qualities, and further proof that this could be the year she breaks out.

The song sees Barnett blurt her wry one-liners (“Put me on a pedestal and I’ll only disappoint you/ Tell me I’m exceptional I promise to exploit you”) over some crunchy power chords, her flattened cadences intermittently bursting into melody. The cut is off her forthcoming album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, which is out in March.