Illustration At Best: Watch Courtney Barnett’s new animated video for ‘Dead Fox’


There’s still plenty of time left to go in 2015, but we’re certain Courtney Barnett’s March LP Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit will be on everyone’s year-end Top 10 lists, and breakout single “Pedestrian At Best” should be repped in the Top 3 in everyone’s “Best Song” division.

While we still have “Pedestrian At Best” playing on a loop inside our heads, and probably will until Barnett plays Newport Folk Fest this summer, it’s the right time to start going deeper into the Australian songwriter’s masterful album, and new single “Dead Fox” provides a nice portal though animation and visual stimulation. That fox, after all, is smoking a cig.

“Dead Fox” was directed and animated by Rory Kerr and Paul Ruttledg, who break down their vision via Pitchfork:


“We liked how politically loaded and conversational the lyrics are. We wanted the animation to have a stylistic and organic look, hence most of the drawings were done on paper rather than digitally. To further compliment the lyrics, we thought it would be funny to have the animals in the video look as cynical as possible, as if they’d had enough with how humans are treating them.”

Barnett plays a sold-out Sinclair on May 18.

Watch “Dead Fox” below.