Courtney Barnett Essentials

Apple Music Alternative

Courtney Barnett Essentials

This Australian singer/songwriter eloquently—and quite loquaciously—reflects on life's more mundane moments through some of the catchiest, rawest indie rock this side of the '90s. It's that invigorating combo of quick wit and anxious energy that powers this mix, featuring tracks from Barnett's solo releases and her 2017 collaboration with Kurt Vile. Her grungy, fuzzy guitar tone and those deadpan vocals—monotone, cracking slightly at the edges—carry whiffs of Nirvana, but it's her rambling ruminations on everything from boredom and insomnia to MSG and organic vegetables that make Barnett feel so relatable.