Courtney Barnett Gives Everyone A Lift In Her New ‘Elevator Operator’ Music Video

07.06.16 2 years ago

In Courtney Barnett‘s new music video for “Elevator Operator,” the opening track off her roaring debut LP, 2015’s Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, the Australian singer stars as a somewhat flustered elevator operator serving a lot of eccentric people at her hotel job. In the beginning, she’s seen running through a park to get to work on time, past a group of tourists (played by rock gods Sleater-Kinney) who are trying to figure out how to use a city map.

Throughout the clip, Barnett works her way up the elevator to the rooftop, but along the way she becomes involved in each elevator patron’s life, occasionally stepping out of the (literal) box and into their worlds. Along the way, she is able to help each person out in a small way, whether it’s moving a chess piece or picking up the paint brush of an artist who’s creatively stuck.

Directed by Barnett’s fellow Aussie Sunny Leunig, the video was filmed in Melbourne’s Nicholas Building, and features brief cameos from numerous recognizable celebrities and music industry veterans, like The Finks and Bones Sloane and Dave Mudie. Plus, look for Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy — from whom Barnett lightheartedly steals a banana.

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