Stone gets back to na­ture

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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.’’

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