Nearly a year after she debuted her first studio album Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, Australian singer Courtney Barnett took to the stage during the season 41 finale of Saturday Night Live, where she performed two of her hit songs, one of which was the album’s lead single “Pedestrian at Best.”
Barnett manages to pull listeners in with her deadpan lyrics about all things mundane; “Pedestrian at Best” details her existential thoughts about idle life, set against a Nirvana-esque head-banger. The rest of the album doesn’t stray too far from this formula, making it a cohesive blend of melancholic rock and impassive lyrics that chronicle the woes of the unproductive youth.
Before releasing her studio album last year, the Melbourne-born singer released several EPs; I’ve Got a Friend Called Emily Ferris in 2011, How to Carve A Carrot into a Rose in 2013, and The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas in 2014. With her latest, she’s garnered tons of attention and acclaim, including a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist and a Brit Award nomination for International Female Solo Artist. She also won Best Cover Art and Best Independent Release at the ARIA Music Awards for the album.