Thursday, April 17, 2008

Angus and Julia Stone - A Book Like This


Angus and Julia Stone are siblings from Sydney who make a really quite glorious sound, full of harmony, harmonica, steel guitar, brushed drums and, oh yes, a trumpet. I went to see them a couple of nights ago and came away quite smitten.

It's reminiscent of the delights of Ella Guru, with a boy/girl, folky multi-instrumental thing going on. What makes them stand out is that they are two concomitant halves and contribute equally to a kind of organic sounding whole. There's a real difference in the vocals - Angus is subtle and understated, whereas Julia is much more distinctive, with even a teeny tiny touch of Cranes (although in a totally charming and non-irritating way, promise). Oh, and he's the one with the beard.

This will soothe, charm and cheer you. Enjoy.

Listen: Angus and Julia Stone - Here We Go Again

Listen: Angus and Julia Stone - Bella

Do go and see them, highly recommended. Really, who can argue with a barefoot beauty in a tea dress, who also happens to play the trumpet? You'll swoon.

The album's not out here yet, but buy a copy at a gig like me, or from the official site, or if you can't help yourself, get it from Aussie resellers on amazon.

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