Broken Brights by Angus Stone on Apple Music

14 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Listening to Broken Brights, it’s easy to imagine Angus Stone wandering L.A.’s Laurel Canyon in the early ‘70s with a bevy of beguiled hippie damsels in tow. The Australian singer/songwriter (half of the sibling duo Angus & Julia Stone) taps into a slightly psychedelicized folk-rock vein reminiscent of Dylan, Gram Parsons, and (especially) Neil Young. Unlike on his first solo outing—Smoking Gun, credited to Lady of the Sunshine—Stone keeps the tone muted here, letting his vocals' insinuating drawl imply deep passions just beneath his seeming nonchalance. Songs like “Bird on a Buffalo,” “Wooden Chair," and the title tune unfold gradually to reveal evocative images of longing and loss. The childhood reveries of “Monsters” (accentuated with banjo and trumpet) and the Western revenge scenario within “The Blue Door” (driven home with reverb-laden guitar) highlight cinematic qualities in Stone’s music. At its best, Broken Brights conjures visions of lonesome desert expanses and starry Southern California nights, with love and danger waiting in the shadows.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Listening to Broken Brights, it’s easy to imagine Angus Stone wandering L.A.’s Laurel Canyon in the early ‘70s with a bevy of beguiled hippie damsels in tow. The Australian singer/songwriter (half of the sibling duo Angus & Julia Stone) taps into a slightly psychedelicized folk-rock vein reminiscent of Dylan, Gram Parsons, and (especially) Neil Young. Unlike on his first solo outing—Smoking Gun, credited to Lady of the Sunshine—Stone keeps the tone muted here, letting his vocals' insinuating drawl imply deep passions just beneath his seeming nonchalance. Songs like “Bird on a Buffalo,” “Wooden Chair," and the title tune unfold gradually to reveal evocative images of longing and loss. The childhood reveries of “Monsters” (accentuated with banjo and trumpet) and the Western revenge scenario within “The Blue Door” (driven home with reverb-laden guitar) highlight cinematic qualities in Stone’s music. At its best, Broken Brights conjures visions of lonesome desert expanses and starry Southern California nights, with love and danger waiting in the shadows.

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About Angus Stone

Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, singer/songwriter Angus Stone first garnered the public's attention as one half of the internationally successful sibling folk duo Angus & Julia Stone. With their distinctive vocal styles, Julia's breathy and ethereal and Angus' smoky and confident, the siblings released their debut album, A Book Like This, to critical acclaim in 2007. After the release of 2010's Down the Way, the pair began working on solo projects, with Julia issuing Memory Machine (2010) and By the Horns (2012), and Angus unveiling the feisty and rollicking Smoking Gun under the pseudonym Lady of the Sunshine before returning to more traditional country-folk-inflected territory with 2012's Broken Brights, which was released under his birth name. A third Angus & Julia Stone LP, produced by Rick Rubin and titled simply Angus & Julia Stone, arrived in 2014. Angus then retreated to his farm house and put together an album with a more electric, '90s slacker rock sound than on prior projects, born of jamming with friends in his recording studio on the property. Using the pseudonym Dope Lemon, he released Honey Bones in the spring of 2016. ~ James Christopher Monger & Marcy Donelson

  • ORIGIN
    Sydney, Australia

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