Australian sibling duo Angus & Julia Stone shot to fame in 2010 with indie folk anthem “Big Jet Plane”, topping charts at home and abroad and touring extensively. After releasing their own solo efforts, they reunited in 2014 at the request of Grammy Award-winning producer Rick Rubin to make a new record. Praised by critics and fans the album has been described as their best release to date.
A & J recently released a limited edition with a 10-track bonus CD with remixes including German duo Lakechild’s take on “Grizzly Bear” and French producer Suna putting his spin on “Heart Beats Slow”. This compilation features a selection of talented international producers (Thom from Alt-J, Odesza, RAC, Active Child, Ten Ven) and young prodigies of the new ambient electronic scene (Suna, Tigerz, Fever 105).
Bonus track: Swedish indie pop act Simian Ghost share a complete rework of “Heart Beats Slow”.
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Better known as one half of brother-sister duo Angus & Julia Stone, Australian songstress Julia Stone released her solo debut The Memory Machine last year (although it was actually recorded in New York in late 2008) and she’s already back with her sophomore album By The Horns.
Julia Stone - By The Horns (Acoustic Version)
With her soothing vocals and soft guitar pickings, Julia Stone sings of love, life, hope and sadness in the ten haunting compositions that make up this new record. You can stream the whole album on SoundCloud and watch a live rendition of the title track during Julia Stone’s Soul Kitchen Session last May just below…
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Julia Stone, one half of sibling duo Angus & Julia Stone, recorded her debut solo album The Memory Machine in New York in late 2008 but, with the sweeping success of A&J’s album Down The Way and subsequent world tour, she had to wait for a couple of years before releasing it. Described as haunting and mellow, The Memory Machine is not a far cry from the kind of songs Julia writes with Angus, but it does have darker undertones. A deep sense of longing pervades this ten-track collection of hushed folky songs, which are lit up by the occasional ray of hope.
Julia Stone - This Love
The artwork for the album is beautiful with old Hollywood style film posters painted for each of the songs that appears on the record. See all the pictures here.
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With Angus and Julia Stone everything stays in the family. Born in Newport, Australia, they spent a few years performing as solo artists at open mic nights. Then, in 2006 they decided to start playing together. In terms of composing the material, they write on their own but then work together on structure and harmonies. Their critically acclaimed debut, A Book Like This, showed how well these two exceptionally gifted musicians work together. With the most basic tools, they convey myriads of emotions. Their catchy melodies and sparse arrangements are wrapped around straightforward simple stories: stories of love, yearning and trust.
Angus and Julia Stone - The Beast
Over the three years following their first release, Angus and Julia embarked on a tour around the world, venturing everywhere from the Scottish Highlands to the heart of the USA. Travelling has been an integral part of the Stone’s musical story so its not surprising they decided to record their new album in a number of diverse locations around the globe: studios in Brooklyn, Queens and London (their second home), a sawmill in Cornwall and a water tank in Coolangatta (near Brisbane in Australia).
Last March they finally released their highly anticipated sophomore album Down The Way. On this new record, they make their debut as producers and expand their sound with more vivid textures and richer arrangements. But their new found confidence and maturity doesn’t harm the spirit of their songwriting. One can still feel the same sense of innocence and warmth that pervaded their debut.
Angus and Julia Stone - Big Jet Plane
Once again the duo share song-writing duties on the album’s thirteen tracks. Oscillating between hope and sorrow, darkness and light, touches of piano and guitar chords, Down The Way is a musical journey (or maybe more like a dream) that is as much Angus and Julia’s personal journey as ours.
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