The Dwarf Recommends: Howqua, My Echo, Geno Carrapetta

The Dwarf Recommends: Howqua, My Echo, Geno Carrapetta

We're well into April 2014 now, which means at The Dwarf we're dealing with veritable torrents of new artists and works to recommend. Two thirds of our stock are Australian this time around and they're both respectively worthy of your likes. It's time we mustered a plug.

Melbourne-based HOWQUA - the artistic designation for musician Ben Campain - has been sweating on a debut for the last year. Campain's shtick is hopelessly melancholic, and can be therefore the slightest bit amusing: "I won't cry beside your grave, I'll dance on it instead," he sings. His arrangements saunter through large and spectral, made so by reverberated violins (synths perhaps, not sure) and pachydermally weighty timpani. Campain has this course, throaty saline-rasp to his voice which materializes when he lifts pitch to bleat; you can hear the mournfully-sponsored chemical reaction unfold in his gullet and it's weirdly cathartic and I'm guessing his producing buddy Hayden Calnin is responsible for having captured something so moist and fleeting.

My Echo are heady and ballsy and brazen and have a great psycho-billy warmth their contemporaries (The Living End) never quite seemed to possess. 'Black Water Blues' is rich with trusty bloke-y idioms and 'For Old Times Sake' is simply well-produced, competent masculine punk. Not a whinger or phase-shifter to be heard.

To London, now, and Geno Carrapetta is courting serious attention with his Gainsbourgian psych-pop. Prive is his newest LP, 'Eternite' his freshest single. Check it out and you'll hear some delightful noxious synth-swirls and shallowly-delayed drum samples. Carrapetta's voice may just freak you out a little, too, which we see to be a great ubiquitous selling point.

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