Australian alt-rock queen Courtney Barnett has released a 13-second track, ‘All Eyes on the Pavement’ on streaming services under a pseudonym.
Despite posting the song without fanfare, press announcement, acknowledgement, or even using her real name, it didn’t take long for people to snuff out the track as Barnett’s own. So how did the public manage to figure all of this out from a random 13-second song?
It all started when Barnett was promoting her playlist ‘Tell Me What You’re Listening To’ on Spotify. With over 100 songs, the choice cuts include those from Prince, SOPHIE, Sharon Van Etten and Angel Olsen, Miles Davis, Faye Webster, Brian Eno, and more than one Sly and the Family Stone track.
But near the top, listeners noticed a bizarre song without cover art that was only 13 seconds long. Starting in media res, the song is clearly a snippet of a longer, more complete song. The voice that sings it also sounds undoubtedly like Barnett’s own. Even the artist’s name has a connection to Barnett: Oliver Paul is mentioned in the song ‘Elevator Operator’, the opening track from Barnett’s debut Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit.
In a strange twist, over on her TikTok page, the same audio snippet is now titled ‘Rae Street’. As it turns out, the song could be the first taste of a new album, apparently titled Things Take Time, Take Time, as reported by Vulture yesterday. If this is true, it will be Barnett’s third studio album and first since 2018’s Tell Me How You Really Feel.
Check out the full playlist down below just in case you need to diversify your listening habits with some well-curated cuts. There you’ll also find ‘All Eyes on the Pavement’.