The Spaced-Out Insight of Courtney Barnett

“My tendency is to ramble and try to explain myself in a long-winded, roundabout way."

[caption id="attachment_211628" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Photo by Pooneh Ghana[/caption] Courtney Barnett was walking around her hometown of Melbourne, Australia when she noticed something that made her pause. In a local shop, she saw a sign in front of a box pamphlets that said, “Help Your Self.” The play on words immediately intrigued Barnett: What, really, was the difference, she wondered, between saying help yourself and help your self? “I just found it really funny in a nerdy, grammatical kind of way,” Barnett says. “I had never noticed how close the difference between those two phrases was. It was just one of those funny moments in my life, kind of like a hidden message in a movie where someone’s walking down the street and there are all these kinds of signs jumping out at them.” Courtney Barnett’s uncanny ability to recognize those very moments has helped transform her over the past five years into one of the most renowned indie singer-songwriters on the globe. The exceedingly commonplace subject material of Barnett’s music—organic vegetables, swimming laps, the search for a new home to live in, the puns on clever store signs—are grounded in a relentless attention to detail from Barnett, who is constantly…

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