Courtney Barnett Unveils Video For “Elevator Operator”

Courtney Barnett

The past few years have seen the steady ascension of Courtney Barnett to the higher echelons of indie rock superstardom. Her debut LP Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit finally heralded the arrival of a truly unique and distinctive songwriting voice.

Now, in keeping with her deliciously skewed sense of humour, Barnett reveals her new video for her new single “Elevator Operator”. Directed by Sunny Leunig (son of legendary Australian cartoonist Michael Leunig, who himself appears briefly in the video) and crammed with cameos from a raft of similarly off kilter, counterculture stars such as Sleater Kinney, Magda Szubanski (“Kath & Kim”), Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), and musical Antipodean legends such as The Drones, Tim Rogers and Paul Kelly, it features Barnett as a harassed elevator girl encountering a series of strange, surreal characters before, just like the song itself, ending up on the rooftop of Melbourne’s Nicholas Building with her band, looking over the ledge for “perception and clarity”, imagining she’s “playing Sim City”.

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