Avant Gardener is so old (relative to the purpose of this playlist, I mean) that it was actually released in 2013. It originally appeared on How To Carve A Carrot Into A Rose, on Courtney Barnett’s own Milk! label, and following the success of that EP and the earlier I’ve Got A Friend Called Emily Ferris, both EPs were picked up by House Anxiety/Marathon Artists, turned into the brilliant The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, and given a little international attention.

Avant Gardener tells the tale of an anaphylactic attack on a hot and otherwise boring Monday and perfectly captures the lazy heat-strained mood with its round and round riff, and Barnett’s vaguely indolent, totally not into this delivery. And if the lyrics in the first verse don’t draw you in -

I sleep in late

another day

oh what a wonder oh what a waste.

It’s a Monday, it’s so mundane

what exciting things will happen today?

The yard is full of hard rubbish its a mess and

I guess the neighbours must think we run a meth lab

then the, um, later lyrics definitely should:

The paramedic thinks I’m clever cos I play guitar

I think she’s clever cos she stops people dying