Track Review: Rae Street // Courtney Barnett

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Courtney Barnett, photo credit: Mia Mala McDonald

Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett is renowned for her quirky tunes with witty narratives. From tales of roadkill to swimming lessons, Barnett is no stranger to singing about anything and everything with a compelling awkwardness that leaves you wanting more.

To tease the release of her upcoming third album, Things Take Time, Take Time, Courtney Barnett has released the forefront single ‘Rae Street’ to build up excitement and anticipation – and boy has she done it. This track sees her opening a new chapter in her sonic playbook, with the story of modernity, Barnett belts “time is money; and money is no man’s friend” atop of a mid-tempo beat.

From chatting on the mundanity of society to everyday tasks such as changing the bed sheets, Courtney Barnett displays her ability to produce uniquely idiosyncratic lyricism which is more than evident through ‘Rae Street’.

Courtney Barnett’s pondering on every corner of society, from self-introspection to confessionalism, makes her one of the most exciting acts to come out of the 21st Century.

Words by Alannah Williams


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