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
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