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CAITLIN'S BROADIE APPEAL
Howzat! loves duets. There's just something about a male
and female voice together in the one song. Drama, tension,
joy, sex, pain, betrayal … a good duet can have it all.
Our favourite Sydney singer, Caitlin Harnett, has just done
an EP with Karl Broadie. It's called 19:52 (available on
iTunes). Not surprisingly, Caitlin also digs duets. "I love
hearing the connection between two people," she says. "I
think that's really special." Caitlin was just 14 when she
met Karl outside the Vault in Tamworth. "I remember he had
lots of curly hair and a very friendly smile. We've been
friends ever since." Leading up to some shows together,
they decided to spend two evenings in the studio. "We thought
it would be nice to do a live recording, so people could
take us home with them," Caitlin smiles. She wrote three
songs with Karl - My New Love, A Home In Every Town and
Gold's Got Nothing; they revisited Karl's Count Your Blessings
and covered the Julie Miller song Holding Up The Sky. Caitlin
met Buddy Miller in the US last year, but Julie wasn't there.
"I probably would have scared them both away with my hysterics,"
Caitlin laughs. "I told Buddy that I loved him and he seemed
a little taken aback."
Howzat! recently complained that Caitlin had done more gigs
in North America than Melbourne. She's rectifying that with
a swag of shows this week, including gigs at Wesley Anne
on Thursday and Sunday, Pure Pop on Saturday (4pm), and
even a gig at the North Melbourne Library on Sunday (3pm).
It's been a busy few weeks for Caitlin, including a trip
to Tamworth, where she partied with Kevin Bloody Wilson.
She's also planning another US trip. "I'll be back there
in September. I'm in love with America and I hope to go
back every year."
Caitlin has now done three EPs, so is an album next? "I
have a whiteboard set up in my bedroom with the title 'Songs
for Album', so I'm getting there!" She recently wrote a
song with Ben Salter, and is looking forward to another
writing session with Myles Mayo. She credits Cormac McCarthy's
The Road with lifting her from a bout of writer's block.
"Almost as soon as I watched the movie and read the book,
I was compelled to write about it. There is so much imagery
and it doesn't really say too much. I love it when you can
watch or read something that is so simple, yet has so much
depth. I find that really inspiring." Caitlin's Twitter
page says, "Music, magic and Harry Potter". How many times
has Caitlin been to the Harry exhibition in Sydney? "Only
once," she laughs. "Nothing will live up to Harry Potter
World in Orlando."
Aside from the new EP, what's Caitlin's favourite duet right
now? "That Moon Song by Gregory Alan Isakov. It's not a
traditional duet, but Brandi Carlile does some incredible
harmonies, and I don't think I could ever get sick of it."
Caitlin's sublime voice is the highlight of the new EP ("Clear
and bright as the summer's day," a recent Sydney street
press review stated, "and feminine without the irritating
frailty you often find with female folk-pop"), while Karl's
voice reminds of the great Sydney singer-songwriter Bernie
Hayes. If you're wondering what's behind the title 19:52,
"it's the exact length of the EP," Caitlin explains. "It's
also the year that Karl's mother was born, so it was a perfect
CALLING ALL CARS' FANS
2012 has already been a knockout for Calling All Cars -
literally. Singer Haydn Ing was accidentally KO'd by a punter
during the band's set at the Sydney Big Day Out. Now they're
getting set for their biggest headlining gig - at the Hi-Fi
on 11 May. Word is it will be CAC's final Melbourne show
for 2012, as they will then head overseas, and start work
on their third album.
PSEUDO NO SOLO
It's usually inevitable: band breaks up and singer does
a solo album. But when Pseudo Echo took seven years off
in the '90s, a Brian Canham solo record never appeared.
And he's glad. "I remember my publisher wanted me to keep
going," Brian reveals on the eve of Pseudo Echo's 30th anniversary
gig (The Palms at Crown on Friday). "But I'm really glad
I didn't do a solo record because it would have been very
bad. The style of music I was getting into … it would have
been like Richard Marx or something. I actually wrote a
lot of songs; fortunately no one ever heard them." Brian
pursued production instead, and he's now working with Howzat!'s
new favourite band, Sarah & The King Bees.
Every Australian single in the Top 40 has gone at least
Boys Like You 360 & GOSSLING (number three)
I Love It HILLTOP HOODS & SIA (12)
Into The Flame EP MATT CORBY (15)
Set It Off TIMOMATIC (16)
Don't Worry Be Happy GUY SEBASTIAN (30)
Somebody That I Used To Know GOTYE (34)
Kimbra's debut album is platinum.
Falling & Flying 360 (number nine)
Making Mirrors GOTYE (16)
Vows KIMBRA (21)
Moonfire BOY & BEAR (22)
The Big Red JOHN WILLIAMSON (38)
Straight To You VARIOUS (39)
My New Love CAITLIN HARNETT & KARL BROADIE
125 JIM KEAYS
Going Straight LACHLAN BRYAN
Worlds Collide CALLING ALL CARS
A Beat For You PSEUDO ECHO
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