Depreston - Courtney Barnett
Our top song is our second resident of Melbourne on the list. Courtney Barnett blew up over the last couple of years, writing songs that tell stories from the point of view of an incredibly likable narrator.
“Depreston”, about looking for a house in the suburbs (and what that means about your place in the world and maturing) is so specific that you can picture everything and place yourself there. It’s just a quiet, rainy day song. And then she flips it, just a bit, with the cutting outro quoting a realtor saying that if you just had “half a million”, you could rebuild it.
I don’t think there’s anyone quite like Courtney Barnett right now, creating these specific little wordy stories with such detail that you wonder how she possibly figured out how to make them melodic. Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit is one of my favorite albums of the year (check out “Elevator Operator”, too). “Depreston” is my favorite song.