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Howzat! Archive - May 3rd 2017

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A PERFECT CIRCLE
"I never do nothin' by minute degrees," Nigel Wearne sings at the start of his fourth album, Drawing Circles. Indeed, in the five months after the double album was released, Nigel drove 16,372 km, doing gigs, house concerts and festivals all over Australia. Drawing Circles has been Howzat!'s constant companion this year - and we've been nowhere. Meanwhile, Nigel has played living rooms, rainforests, rooftops and riverboats. An old-school troubadour, Nigel even makes his own guitars. Drawing Circles is a glorious cinematic journey, harnessing life's irregular swells, filled with poetic questions - "What can we hope to find in love? - and sudden mood changes. "Take it from me," Nigel explains in the title track, "that you won't know when the barometer drops." It sounds like the soundtrack to a movie where all is not as it seems. "It'd be a soundtrack to a film about an eccentric creative type who burrows into a world of manic creativity," Nigel says, picking up the thread. "Set on the rugged coastline of South West Victoria, it would veer between reality and meditative dream sequences. The ghosts of the past, the importance of finding solace in nature, the splinters of love and the circles of our existence. Quoting from my song A Word Is A Breath, the film would explore the notion, 'For a poet to be reborn/It must surely die/And it will many times.' Not at all autobiographical " Nigel, who reminds Howzat! of Neil Murray and Jeff Lang, grew up on a farm in Ellerslie in Victoria's Western District, going to a primary school with just 12 students. "When I was about 10 and first understood the song Singing The Spirit Home by Eric Bogle, a seed was planted. From that point, I knew there were words and stories deep inside." "I search within," he sings in I Hear The Dust. "I disappear." Right now, Nigel lives with his partner, Amy, in Woodford, about 10 minutes out of Warrnambool. "But we're saving money to build a motorhome or tiny house. Who knows where the road will take us next?" As he sings, "Birds fly, and I have no regrets."


FINDING YOU
The Go-Betweens released their final album, Oceans Apart, 12 years ago this week. One year later, Grant McLennan died of a heart attack, aged 48.


UNCHAINED
Tina Arena's Chains entered the US charts 21 years ago this week. It peaked at number 38.


HOT LINE
"I'm here to live and love and not to fear"- Nigel Wearne, Autumn Tempest.


CHART WATCH
Dean Lewis surfs into the Top 20.

Waves DEAN LEWIS (number 17)
Adore AMY SHARK (27)
Call On Me STARLEY (33)
Moments BLISS N ESO (37)


Amy Shark's EP arrives at number two.

Night Thinker EP AMY SHARK (number two, debut)
A Tribute To Mario Lanza MARK VINCENT (four)
Speeding ALLDAY (six, debut)
Greatest Hits & Interpretations TINA ARENA (seven)
Notion TASH SULTANA (13)
Remembrance VARIOUS ARTISTS (14)
Gutful BAD//DREEMS (23, debut)
Live In The Netherlands XAVIER RUDD (24, debut)
More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me THE SMITH STREET BAND (25)
Ripcord KEITH URBAN (27)
The 25th Anniversary Album LEE KERNAGHAN (28)
The Very Best INXS (33)
Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under Stars Restrung HILLTOP HOODS (39)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Right Now NIGEL WEARNE
Friendly Fire LARISSA TANDY
Rain DAVE WRIGHT & THE MIDNIGHT ELECTRIC
Nonchalant ANDY WHITE
Camouflaged HELEN SHANAHAN

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