Otherwise as a duo with her brother Angus - Solo today: Julia Stone releases her album "Sixty Summers" and literally heralds the summer. Julia starts the album with a gentle ring and exudes an indispensable charm from the first second. It's a journey: upside down through a brilliant sunset into a starry night. This is what summer 2021 sounds like. With “Sixty Summers” one of the strongest musical references on this album is made clear. Her solo style is clearly differentiated from the projects with brother Angus Stone. She brings pop with a relaxed rock'n'roll vibe of the hippie movement.
Julia Stone in a new guise
The overwhelming album brings together the glamor of the city with all its joys, dangers, romances and risks. It's Stone in her truest and most radiant form, a revered icon who finally shares her long secret love affair with this vibrant genre. In addition to the musician herself, she has brought some particularly well-known people to her side. Because the album was created rather sporadically and consists of songs that she has accumulated over four years. The sound vision that runs through this excursion into moonlit summer nights was brought to light primarily by St. Vincent and Doveman. Also the wonderful one Matt Berninger has a small appearance on the single “We All Have”. A sugar-sweet, fragile track on which Julia's voice sounds smooth and velvety.
But soul moments full of strength can also be heard through. "Queen" is such a title, by which you can definitely recognize the collaboration with the power woman St. Vincent. The soul is underlaid with a scratchy electric guitar. This gives the otherwise rather elf-like Julia a completely new, angular shape. From their musical beginnings, which were particularly reduced and acoustically, you can hardly recognize anything on “Sixty Summers”. You can only hear the sensitivity for intensive songwriting and a focus on singing here.
The arrangements are bursting with strength and opulence, but never overwhelming. Again and again everything flows together and even in the complex passages it is Julia Stone's vocals that are particularly enchanting. Playing with her distinctive voice, which sounds so velvety and soft, she has continued to develop over the years. She feels at home in the polyphony and provides the songs with doubles and harmonies that she sings in.
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