Courtney Barnett has today released ‘Depreston’, the second single from her forthcoming album Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit

Being perhaps the first song ever to discuss house shopping in the inner-northern Melbourne suburb of Preston, ‘Depreston’ is an ode to a suburb characterised by its strange sense of anachronism; with lyrics such as “Then I see the hand rail in the shower / A collection of those canisters for coffee, tea and flower” alluding to all of the little parts of Preston that never really left the 60s (which is a lot of Preston). The song is fittingly subdued, with Barnett abandoning the deadpan ferocity of her previous single ‘Pedestrian At Best’ for a soft-spoken, instrumentally – but in no way lyrically – minimal listing of the intricacies that lead the suburb to instill the same sense of nostalgia into those living there now as it does to those who lived there ‘back then’. It’s beauty extracted from mundanity – something that Barnett knows how to do all too well.

Despite its release today, the song has been circulating for a while now in a live format after Barnett and her band performed it on American radio station WFUV almost a year ago. The live video is beneath her forthcoming tour dates to support Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, which will be released on March 20th through Milk! Records/Remote Control.

Courtney Barnett 2015 Australian Album Tour
Supported by Teeth & Tongue

 

Friday May 1st
The Gov, Adelaide, SA
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Saturday May 2nd
The Bakery, Perth, WA
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Friday May 8th
The Metro, Sydney, NSW
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Saturday May 9th
The Hifi, Brisbane, QLD
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Friday May 15th
The Forum, Melbourne, VIC
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