A beatific brother and sister duo hailing from Australia, this musical union among siblings had a somewhat overlooked debut when A Book Like This
washed upon our shores a couple years back. Word is a follow-up titled Down the Way
is having a smashing run on the charts back home, currently holding down the spot for Australia's best seller of the year.
All of which means it's time for Angus and Julia Stone
to take another shot at North America. The band is set to return this fall with dates that include shows at the El Rey and Austin City Limits, among others. They also have a new video that stretches out to the tune of "Hold On"; a song that turns the volume up just a bit, queuing lush orchestral swells, with dramatic effect. In the Kiku Ohe
directed piece, the two musicians gaze over an out of focus landscape that stretches to the horizon. It all looks like an introspective jaunt into the wild, with the two looking to the barren surroundings for a little internal navigation of sorts. In the end though, it appears a much dour reality, with the plot line taking on an actual fight for survival. Perhaps the two didn't like what they saw? Not the case when it comes to this video though. It's well worth a watch. - David Pitz
Having spent the last two years touring the world in support of their critically acclaimed debut - A Book Like This - Angus and Julia Stone return with their eagerly anticipated sophomore release Down The Way.
On Down The Way they make their debut as producers, and develop their sound without losing the spirit of their debut. There's been a subtle shift in gear, evidence of a growing confidence - the music gravitates from sparse to rich and textured arrangements yet never loses it's etherealness and charm.
Travelling has been an integral part of the Stone's musical story so its not surprising they opted to record in a number of diverse locations around the globe - an old sawmill on the river banks of Fowey, Cornwall, a studio in Brooklyn, a water tank in Coolangatta, their second home - London - and Queens in New York.
Once again the duo share song-writing duties their individual styles juxtaposing yet complimenting the other. Themes of lost love and yearning weave through Down The Way, which opens with the epic and rich tapestry of Hold On.
Elsewhere touches of piano and understated fingerpicking guitar light up the darkness of the sound - For You - and forthcoming single Big Jet Plane sees Angus's rustic tones rolling atop a dreamy string arrangement. Draw Your Swords - a six-minute work out building to an unrestrained crescendo; Devils Tears - gentle piano and sweet acoustic guitars - wrapping up the album.
On Down The Way, Angus and Julia showcase thirteen lovingly crafted songs reflecting a myriad of emotions. Another graceful step on a remarkable musical journey.
Over the course of the last three years the duo have ventured everywhere from the Scottish Highlands to the heart of the USA. This tireless touring has expanded their audience with Myspace plays now exceeding five million. With a worldwide tour kicking off in their native Australia in March the siblings are set to continue to win yet more hearts across the globe in 2010.
The first single from the record, And The Boys, was co-produced by the siblings and Brad Albetta (Martha Wainwright) and the album 'Down The Way' is set for worldwide release in March.