Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett has released a new music video for the song “Depreston”, from her upcoming album, “Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit”.
The video for “Depreston” is the second video that Barnett has released. In late January, she released a video for the album’s first single, “Pedestrian at Best”, in which she played a carnival clown that is feeling down.
Unlike “Pedestrian at Best”, Barnett does not appear onscreen in “Depreston”. Instead, the video features three different camera angles of the same scene. The camera angles appear to be taken from a car that is driving the viewers around a series of roadways and through suburban neighborhoods in Melbourne, Australia, to highlight the landscape. According to
Lyrically, “Depreston” deals with adult responsibility, life, and even death. However, this time musically, Barnett shied away from the rock sounds she had brought to life in “Pedestrian at Best”, and decided to use a more mid-tempo laid back approach on this new song.
Check out the lyrics, and the official video for “Depreston”, below.
words & lyrics: Courtney Barnett
You said we should look out further,
I guess it wouldn’t hurt us.
We don’t have to be around all these coffee shops.
Now we’ve got that percolator,
never made a latte greater.
I’m saving twenty-three dollars a week.
We drive to a house in Preston,
we see police arresting
a man with his hand in a bag.
How’s that for first impressions?
This place seems depressing.
It’s a “Californian bungalow in a cul-de-sac”.
It’s got a lovely garden,
a garage for two cars to park in
(“or a lot of room for storage if you’ve just got one”).
And it’s going pretty cheap you say?
“Well it’s a deceased estate…
aren’t the pressed metal ceilings great?”
Then I see the handrails in the shower,
a collection of those canisters for coffee, tea and flour,
and a photo of a young man in a van in Vietnam.
And I can’t think of floorboards anymore,
whether the front room faces south or north,
and I wonder what she bought it for.
(If you’ve got a spare half a million, you should knock it down and start rebuilding)”
“Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit” is set to be released worldwide on March 24, 2015, via Mom + Pop, but Australian and New Zealand fans will be able to purchase the album on March 20th, 2015.