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Under the moniker Lady of the Sunshine, Aussie singer/songwriter Angus Stone takes a break from his partnership with sister Julia to reveal the darker, more rock-oriented side of his persona on Smoking Gun. The misty tones and textures of his main gig are de-emphasized in favor of fuzzed-out guitars, bluesy grooves, and obliquely disturbing lyrics. Stone strolls through his songs' ominous landscapes as both participant and tour guide, surveying scenes tinged with a psychedelic glow. His murmuring, slightly bleary vocals are mysterious and confiding, making even somewhat lighthearted tunes like “Big Jet Plane” feel prickly around the edges. The crunchy riffs of “White Rose Parade” and the title track suggest Neil Young jamming with Syd Barrett circa 1970. An eerie, childlike vibe creeps into “Jack Nimble,” setting things up for the windswept twang of “Kings Black Magic” and the simmering atmospherics of “Dead Man’s Train.” The closing track, “Lady Sunshine,” wraps Stone’s supple falsetto around a luminous acoustic guitar line that leads into a musical quote from the Wizard of Oz soundtrack.

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A Truly Touching, Acoustic Album

Lady of the Sunshine really deserves much more recognition for such an amazing album. Smoking Gun brings a "home, sweet home" sense to one's life, and has a wide variety of talent mixed in with beautiful lyrics. I'm a huge lover of independent music, and it's sad to see amazing, talented people like this not getting the millions of dollars they could be making. Help support them, buy their albums, talk about them, share their amazing music with the world! Finally, I conclude by simply saying what a truly, awesome album this is. I will be clicking the "buy" soon.

Wouldn't call it acoustic

There is way too much going on on some of these tracks to call it an acoustic album, but its definately worth a listen to. The lead's voice draws you in, and the melodies are pretty remarkable. I'm an instant fan of this group, and I hope the success they'll inevitably achieve does not alter their sound. I'd recommend this album to just about anyone.

Brilliant and beautiful

Worth actually paying for rather than downloading... This artist deserves both your undying admiration and your money :) angus stone is INCREDIBLE


Formed: 2008 in New South Wales, Australia

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s

After the success of Australia's answer to Belle & Sebastian, Angus & Julia Stone, the male half of the Sidney folky-sweet duo, decided to venture out to begin his own project, sans press or fanfare. The idea had taken hold of Angus Stone while on tour with the former group, causing him to write between tours and never give up on the idea that songs themselves take their own shapes and meanings. Calling the experiment Lady of the Sunshine, Stone endeavored to take a dirtier, edgier, and more introspective...
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Smoking Gun, Lady of the Sunshine
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Singer/Songwriter, Music
  • Released: Nov 09, 2010

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