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Howzat! Archive - February 29th 2012

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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 fit."


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.


CHART WATCH
Every Australian single in the Top 40 has gone at least platinum.

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)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
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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