13 Songs, 1 Hour

EDITORS’ NOTES

In the final moments of Angus & Julia Stone’s self-titled full-length, the Australian folk-rock duo adopt a pace and palette that brings to mind Neil Young’s 1975 guitar epic “Cortez the Killer”. Nearing seven frequently stormy minutes, the album-closing “Crash and Burn” locks into a sumptuous groove that encapsulates the Sydney-bred siblings’ intimate, mood-driven album: saturnine solos, aching vocals and all. Produced and recorded with fan-turned-mentor Rick Rubin, it’s naturally radiant and singularly disarming—testament to the intangible power of chemistry. On “Heart Beats Slow", the Stones centre themselves in an increasingly warm bath of shimmering guitars, sudsy basslines and the intermittent howl of a Hammond organ. Elsewhere, in the hypnotic twinkle of “Wherever You Are”, they play off one another vocally amid a gentle, fingerpicked guitar figure with similarly beautiful ease.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In the final moments of Angus & Julia Stone’s self-titled full-length, the Australian folk-rock duo adopt a pace and palette that brings to mind Neil Young’s 1975 guitar epic “Cortez the Killer”. Nearing seven frequently stormy minutes, the album-closing “Crash and Burn” locks into a sumptuous groove that encapsulates the Sydney-bred siblings’ intimate, mood-driven album: saturnine solos, aching vocals and all. Produced and recorded with fan-turned-mentor Rick Rubin, it’s naturally radiant and singularly disarming—testament to the intangible power of chemistry. On “Heart Beats Slow", the Stones centre themselves in an increasingly warm bath of shimmering guitars, sudsy basslines and the intermittent howl of a Hammond organ. Elsewhere, in the hypnotic twinkle of “Wherever You Are”, they play off one another vocally amid a gentle, fingerpicked guitar figure with similarly beautiful ease.

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