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Words and video by Sean Stout

Courtney Barnett was certainly one of the most buzzed about bands at this year’s SXSW, yet the unassuming Australian rocker seemed blissfully unaware. “I hope people come to this…” she tells me while timidly lurking in front of the many pieces of artwork she hand produced for her Tumlbr IRL show. There had been a line around the block for hours.

Courtney personally curated the artwork in the space, incorporating projections and screen printed drawings of chairs that her dad used to collect when she was a child; one of which served as inspiration for the album artwork on her recently released debut LP Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I just Sit. These quirky doodles, framed photographs, and projected animations transformed the space into more of a small gallery than a music venue, and served as an ideal backdrop to Courtney’s performance.

We spoke with Courtney before her show about curating the space, finding inspiration for her album and the sometimes unpredictable process of writing songs.

Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I just Sit is out now via Mom+Pop.