Emo­tional well­spring set free

An­gus Stone drew on a di­verse ar­ray of in­spi­ra­tions for his new solo record, writes

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T’S easy to pic­ture the scene of An­gus Stone’s new home in the hin­ter­land of north­ern NSW. His house is a shed be­side a lake sur­rounded by pine trees, the only elec­tric­ity sup­plied by a gen­er­a­tor he has to switch off each night be­fore bed.

It’s a bit of a trek to the noisy power maker, one that isn’t pleas­ant when it hap­pens to be cold and rain­ing.

Stone’s com­pan­ion is his dog Inca and his prop­erty, pet and vin­tage car all fea­ture in the video for the sin­gle Wooden Chair.

‘‘I found a place where there was a big old lake and pine trees and a big block; I needed a place to call home for a bit oth­er­wise you can feel lost,’’ he says.

‘‘I haven’t had my own bed for seven years and you end up mak­ing ev­ery­where your home. Some­times it feels like I’ve been in the trav­el­ling cir­cus for­ever. It’s time to jump off the wagon for a bit.’’

When he jumped off, Stone and his sis­ter Ju­lia went their sep­a­rate ways. For now.

They had in­tended to do an­other An­gus and Ju­lia al­bum but cir­cum­stances pre­vailed and she went to New York while he came back to Aus­tralia to find a home.

She re­leased her lat­est solo record, By The Horns, in May while her brother’s Bro­ken Brights de­buted at No. 2 on the ARIA charts in June.

Stone re­gards the songs on Bro­ken Brights – the ti­tle came from the ef­fect strong, bright light can have on Su­per 8 tape – as sound­tracks to mini-movies in his mind.

Some are film noir, oth­ers grainy washe­d­out westerns.

‘‘A lot of them were writ­ten in mo­tion so, in a way, they are mo­tion pic­tures for me,’’ he says.

‘‘Be­ing on the road and writ­ing you feel like you’re look­ing from the out­side in. It’s like be­ing in some­one else’s shoes and a self-por­trait at the same time. You can let your imag­i­na­tion run wild a bit more.’’

His di­verse in­spi­ra­tion for the al­bum’s of­fer­ings in­cluded ev­ery­thing from old western movies to a Ger­man city.

But the emo­tional depth of his vo­cals hails from an in­ter­nal well­spring rather than ex­ter­nal influence.

‘‘When I fall in love, I re­ally fall in love and when I fall out of love, I re­ally fall out of love. I think some­times I’m pas­sion­ate about ev­ery­thing in my life,’’ he says.

‘‘Some­times I wish I could live in that mid­dle ground but it’s not where I live.’’

He is OK with liv­ing alone up in the mid­dle of nowhere with Inca.

‘‘Yeah, I love be­ing alone. I’m fine with the shad­ows and the dark­ness,’’ he says.

Stone, who per­formed tracks from Bro­ken Brights in his set at Splen­dour in the Grass last month, will head to the US in Septem­ber for a month-long head­line tour – his first shows there with­out Ju­lia – be­fore his Aus­tralian tour in Novem­ber.

An­gus Stone plays The Great North­ern Ho­tel, in By­ron Bay, on Novem­ber 7, The Hi-Fi, in Bris­bane, on Novem­ber 9, the Coolan­gatta Ho­tel on Novem­ber 10 and Home­bake, in Sydney, on De­cem­ber 8.

An­gus Stone found in­spi­ra­tion in ev­ery­thing from old western movies to a Ger­man city on his solo al­bum,

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