Barnett is closing out the year by releasing a full-length album that combines her two independently released EPs. The result, The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, is witness to a unique and ambitious singer-songwriter with immense potential. Barnett, at just 25, has almost a veteran like perspective when it comes to songwriting. She delivers her songs with an almost Dylan-like stream of consciousness. Her lyrics are verbose, quirky and demanding of your attention. The two songs that lead the album "Don't Apply Compression Gently" and "Avant Gardener" are the purest examples of this.
Musically, Barnett isn't an easy artist to typecast. She's far more than your typical singer-songwriter. Her music has hazy, psychedelic qualities enhanced by Barnett's intentionally sluggish delivery and phrasing. There are certainly hints of folk influence, but once you get to songs like "History Eraser", with its Rolling Stones reference, or "David" it's clear that rock 'n roll has played its part in her upbringing. Regardless of where her music fits, Courtney Barnett is sure to excite any music fan and The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas is just the beginning.