Spotlight \

Angus & Julia Stone

Who? Angus Stone (vocals/guitar), 21, and older sisterJulia, 23 (piano/vocals) hail from Sydney. The Aussie rock duo, whoalso get a little help from drummer Mitchell Connelly and bassist ClayMcdonald, have already made splash down under and across the pond withtheir debut EP, the cinematic indie folk dressed Chocolates & Cigarettes, available now via iTunes. Their proper studio full-length A Book Like This, co-produced by Travis’ Fran Healy, is slated for a fall 2008 release in the U.S.

What’s the Deal?Despite their young age, Angus & Julia Stone are mature enough tolet their sophisticated lyrics and string-plucked melodies take theforefront on Chocolates & Cigarettes — a delightfulsix-song set, which was partially recorded in their Mom’s living room.Julia’s polished vocals hum like the Cranes’ Alison Shaw on hypnotic”Private Lawns,” while Angus’ grounded whimsy, especially poignant on”Mango Tree” recalls Neutral Milk Hotel without the saws. Fans ofElliott Smith and Nick Drake should swoon for “Babylon,” replete withwarm acoustic guitars, lilting arrangements, and thankfully wistfulwords.

Fun Fact: “The Beast,” included on A Book Like This, is featured on Natalie Portman’s iTunes Celebrity Playlist, benefiting FINCA, an anti-poverty organization.

Now Hear This:
Angus & Julia Stone – “Paper Aeroplane” DOWNLOAD MP3

On the Web:
Angus & Julia Stone at MySpace

Talk: What’s your vice? Chocolates or cigarettes?

Tags: Spotlight