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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Song Of The Week: Courtney Barnett’s ‘Avant Gardener’

Courtney Barnett, whose new song "Avant Gardener" is featured as SOTW. (Courtney Barnett/Facebook)

Courtney Barnett, whose new song “Avant Gardener” is featured as SOTW. (Courtney Barnett/Facebook)

Each week NPR Music writer and editor Stephen Thompson brings us new music from around the world.

This week, Thompson introduces Here & Now’s Robin Young to the song “Avant Gardener” by Australian musician and singer Courtney Barnett, off 
The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas.”

Thompson says the song doesn’t follow the usual structure.

“Instead of having a verse-chorus-verse structure, the song essentially plays out as a ramble, wherein she tells an engrossing story about going out to tend to her garden, only to be stricken with some combination of asthma, allergies, and panic. She’s telling a story with life-and-death stakes, but she does it with a very charming, wry, matter-of-fact tone.”

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