Courtney Barnett @ The Leadmill
Review of Courtney Barnett live at The Leadmill, Sheffield.
A sodden Sheffield can do nothing to prevent the ever-sprightly Courtney Barnett from bringing a little bit of the sunshine to The Leadmill.
The Australian’s debut album, Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit, is already being heralded as one of the finest of the year and with good reason. The album showcases the singer’s knack for combining witty, introspective lyrics but with a much clearer musical direction and a just-the-right-side-of-scrappy production style that makes it the best lo-fi record for many a year.
All but one track from the record is put on show tonight, with a number of favourites from the singer’s collection of EPs also thrown in.
Despite just the three members on stage, the record’s sound is not lost in the slightest. ‘Depreston’ is a sure-fire crowd pleaser and the album’s two sprawling, lo-fi monoliths ‘Small Poppies’ and ‘Kim’s Caravan’ leave The Leadmill in awe.
The three-song knockout of ‘Avant Gardener’, ‘History Eraser’ and ‘Pedestrian At Best’ bring the set to a close and the fact that Courtney Barnett is one of the most unique artists to hit these shores is made as clear as crystal.
Words: Charles Gray