It was recently reported that on Monday, Courtney Barnett appeared in London’s Camden Town unannounced, and performed amongst the numerous buskers in the neighborhood. “It’s not surprising,” wrote Mashable, “that many of Camden’s passers-by didn’t realize that one of their buskers Monday night was [the] Australian singer-songwriter sensation.” Already, only three days later, Barnett has posted the music video featuring footage from her appearance, which you can watch below, on her website.
Barnett had announced that day on Twitter that she was secretly filming the video for her Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit track, “Nobody Really Cares if You Don’t Go to the Party”:
Instead of playing a full concert, she at least initially just played the song again and again for filming purposes. Eventually, enough people who knew Barnett’s work caught on that a crowd gathered (and even ones who didn’t know her work likely realized she wasn’t just a virtuosic musician with short-term memory loss). There were reportedly enough fans that singalongs to “Pedestrian at Best” and “Depreston” happened. (She played these once she’d gotten enough takes of “Nobody Really Cares”).
Here’s the video in its grainy, spur-of-the-moment-but-not-really glory: