Courtney Barnett slows things down on the second single from Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit, the recently released “Depreston,” as in, “it’s depressing house hunting in Preston, Australia.” The song is markedly slower than previous great cuts “Avant Gardener” and “Pedestrian At Best”, but no less immediate. Her ability to highlight life’s mundanities remains as pointed as ever. Here, her new percolator saves her $23/week on coffee.
“Depreston” finds Barnett unfulfilled by the prospect of settling down and “growing up,” and upon inspecting a deceased woman’s old home, she wonders “what she bought it for.” Backed by guitars reminiscent of Real Estate and Kurt Vile, there’s a longing in the song’s tone that goes beyond what we have grown accustomed to hearing from Barnett. That she is able to expand her sound, while finding comfort in addressing her concerns in getting older, should be a good herring for the future of this bright new star.