Courtney Barnett is a 24-year-old singer-songwriter from Melbourne, Australia, who releases her debut album here in the form of a summary of two EPs released in 2012 and 2013 respectively.
The shy songwriter from Seattle has gained an excellent reputation with albums like "Carbon Glacier", "Year Of Meteors" and "July Flame". Husband Tucker Martine has produced like with all predecessor albums (except for the sparse debut album). In the countryesque, wonderful "Sun Song" heavenly slide guitars sing with the soft voice of the Veirs. "America", which fits the theme of civil violence and weapons, strikes harsher guitar tones, just like the new album benefits from many electric guitars instead of folky acoustic tones. The Veirs was pregnant during the recordings with her second child and worried about his future earthly life. "Finster Saw The Angels" and its accordion could be a Lullaby after all. "Dorothy Of The Island" epically tells a folk story about "motherless children" and their "hard time". "Shape Shifter" also allows for a nice plucked acoustic guitar. "Sadako Folding Cranes" is artfully woven artpop and in "Ten Bridges" strings are allowed to come to the fore just like on earlier albums. Charming.
Top track: Dorothy Of The Island