SIB­LING RE­UNION

An Amer­i­can pro­ducer has brought award-win­ning brother-and-sis­ter folk duo An­gus and Ju­lia Stone back to­gether. The re­sult­ing al­bum is pure har­mony

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD - KATHY MCCABE

The sweet voices of sib­ling duo An­gus and Ju­lia Stone have been re­united by leg­endary Amer­i­can pro­ducer Rick Ru­bin for a new record.

The folk pair an­nounced they were tak­ing time out from each other to pur­sue solo records two years ago.

But Ru­bin, one of the most re­spected and pow­er­ful mu­sic gu­rus in the US, got them back to­gether for their self­ti­tled third record due out on Au­gust 1.

It is be­lieved he has helped take the pair in a new di­rec­tion, bring­ing their voices to­gether in blended har­monies, in­tro­duc­ing new gui­tar sounds and beef­ing up their rhythm sec­tion.

Ru­bin, who has worked with ev­ery­one from Me­tal­lica to Adele, pro­duced the al­bum at his famed Shangri-la Stu­dios in Mal­ibu last year.

“This al­bum is ex­tra­or­di­nary; An­gus and Ju­lia are truly unique mu­si­cians,” Ru­bin says.

“They are au­then­tic and pure people who do things from the heart. I’ve never worked with any­one like them be­fore.”

He has also signed the pair to his la­bel Amer­i­can Record­ings for re­lease out­side of Aus­tralia.

The brother and sis­ter from Syd­ney’s north­ern beaches were work­ing on their third record in 2011 when they de­cided to ditch it in favour of their re­spec­tive solo al­bums Bro­ken Brights and By The Horns.

An­gus and Ju­lia have sold more than half a mil­lion records in Aus­tralia alone, with their sec­ond al­bum Down the Way top­ping the charts and win­ning a clutch of ARIA awards in 2010.

Their break­out hit Big Jet Plane topped the Triple J Hottest 100 in 2011.

The first taste of the new record is ex­pected next month when the duo re­leases a sin­gle. An­gus & Ju­lia Stone play Splen­dour In the Grass Fri­day July 25.

An­gus and Ju­lia Stone

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