Curtis’ Prime Slices Of The Week (4/20 – 4/26): Courtney Barnett, Field Medic

Courtney Barnett – “Everybody Here Hates You” [Single] – (indie rock)

Courtney Barnett is one of those artists that when you thought they couldn’t possibly release another awesome song they seriously surprise you. This song fits right in with her other repertoire and is just as catchy. Courtney sings with that typical, tired and lazy sound through the entire song which seems to give the song a lot more personality. The song is about the paranoia of everyone you’re around hating you. Courtney answers the song title in the chorus, “you said, ‘it’s only in your head, they’re probably thinking the same thing.'” The music video also plays with that idea, as the majority of it is the band playing inside of her own head. The guitar solo that ends the song is very swampy and messy; going wild on her whammy bar and open strumming. The song gets stuck in your head like all her other songs so check it out!

Field Medic – fade into the dawn – (indie folk)

Another artist that is always putting out great new stuff is Field Medic. fade into the dawn is an incredibly personal release. He writes about alcoholism, the struggle of the starving artist, and indecisive love. The entire album is fairly melancholy and it’s easy to get emotional when listening to some of these songs. One of those songs, “the bottle’s my lover, she’s just my friend,” talks about taking too much solace in drinking, so much so that he’d rather stay home getting drunk than go out. The way the song is arranged and played gives a very open ended and airy feel that all adds to the feeling it intends to create. Throughout the album the songs switch between regular recordings and lo-fi recordings. It gives an interesting contrast to the album as well as adds to the song’s interpretation. When I heard “used 2 be romantic,” I knew only good things could come from this release. If you need something soft, relaxing, and a little bit sad then give this a listen!