[ Milk! Records / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 20 March 2015
Recorded in the autumn of 2014 in an intense 10 day session at Head Gap studios in Melbourne, the album finally brings Barnett's pithily acute and stingingly incisive vision into stark, unflinching focus, her wit sharpened to a knife edge, her melodies more infectious and addictive than ever.
Following up from the critically lauded The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas in 2013 (which, as the title suggests, collected her first two self-released EPs to beguiling effect), her debut LP 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.
On 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").
1. Elevator Operator
2. Pedestrian At Best
3. An Illustration of Loneliness (Sleepless in New York)
4. Small Poppies
6. Aqua Profunda!
7. Dead Fox
8. Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go to the Party
9. Debbie Downer
10. Kim's Caravan
11. Boxing Day Blues