Following-up 2013’s critically-lauded “The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas” (which, as the title suggests, collected her first two self-released EPs to beguiling effect), “Sometimes I Sit And Think…” cements Barnett’s standing as one of the most distinctive voices in indie rock, mixing witty, often hilarious observations with devastating self-assessment over a beguiling collection of songs that reveals her as an ambitious songwriter with an ear for clever turns of phrase and an eye for story-song details that are literate without being pretentious. Depressing rentals and dead foxes, go-nowhere relationships and dead end suburbs, even her own fears, doubts and insecurities – nothing escapes Barnett’s caustic sense of humour.
So on furious first single, “Pedestrian At Best”, Barnett turns the microscope’s glare on herself, as she lets loose an internal monologue crammed with twisting rhymes, inside jokes and self-deprecation while she muses on the fleeting nature of fame and what may or may not come after (“I must confess I’ve made a mess of what should be a small success, but I digress. At least I tried my very best… I guess”).
“Pedestrian At Best” also comes accompanied by a brilliant video by Charlie Ford, conceptualised by Barnett herself, in which she plays a depressed and incompetent clown, wandering around a carnival on her own.
LISTEN TO “PEDESTRIAN AT BEST” BELOW;
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WATCH THE VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE “PEDESTRIAN AT BEST” BELOW;