Courtney Barnett’s debut, Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, was recorded over eight days. Urgency takes a backseat to casual observation from the jump. “Elevator Operator” broadcasts Barnett’s stream of conscious rambling paired with snotty instrumentation begging for repeat listens. You won’t glean new sentiments from a second or third spin, but it doesn’t matter. You’re left with the pleasantly bitter taste of a brand new songwriter who understands less is more.
Barnett’s talent is her ability to create dialogue through melody. Many before have tried and failed to wow us with nonchalance and apathy. She’s mastered the slacker vibe by channeling a bored tranny Stephen Malkmus blended with the tongue in cheek grin of Sheryl Crow.
Full of minor hits and few misses, Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit is a record that will hold up as one of the better debuts of 2015.