Stone gets back to nature
DESPITE finding fame as one half of sibling duo Angus & Julia Stone, the Byron Bay- based singer- songwriter has gone solo.
Stone says his new album – Broken Brights, to be released in June – has been a long time in the making and he drew special inspiration from girlfriend, actress Isabel Lucas.
‘‘ I’ve always been collecting songs and have written along the way for something like this,’’ Stone, 25, says of branching out from his older sister Julia.
‘‘ We’ve both gone down different roads now and we’re exploring this side of music.’’
For Stone, originally from Newport on Sydney’s northern beaches, Broken Brights is an album inspired by Lucas. Their relationship blossomed after they travelled through Redwood National Park in the US.
‘‘ She has really shined a light on a whole new part of me,’’ Stone says.
‘‘ That [ trip] presents the whole inspiration for the album. Swimming in the rivers, being amongst all that amazing power from the trees, falling in love and having it all just unfold.
‘‘ We spent our time getting to know each other at that place.’’
Lucas, the 27- year- old Hollywood starlet who found her feet on Home And Away, has become more than just Stone’s creative spark. The pair also filmed the video for Broken Brights’ second single, Bird On The Buffalo.
The clip contrasts a Chanel- clad Lucas with the rugged landscape of the Mojave Desert as she tracks back and forth through dreams.
One listen to the spirited lyrics of Bird On The Buffalo and it’s clear that nature plays a strong part in Stone’s music ingenuity.
‘‘ There’s a lot of raw, wild energy,’’ he says. ‘‘ Some of those places we shot were so untouched. It’s all about escaping into another world and finding yourself there.’’
And it has been his reclusive retreat to nature that has seen the indie- singer now reside in the mountains of Byron Bay.
Stone achieved massive success in 2010 when he released the album Down The Way with his sister Julia. It was the highest- selling album in Australia that year and its single, Big Jet Plane, was the No. 1 song on the Triple J Hottest 100 last year.
But with Lucas, a fresh band and his second solo album ready for release, Stone says it’s everything that he needed – change.
‘‘ You do something for so long and you start to look for a bit of change and I’m coming to learn that a change of work is the best kind of rest,’’ says Stone.
‘‘ We [ Julia and I] came off the road and tipped our hats, I kind of left the guitars to get dusty so I could be inspired when I came back to do something fresh. That fresh thing was going solo.’’