Personnel: Julia Stone (vocals, guitar, piano, Wurlitzer organ, Mellotron); Angus Stone (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, harmonica).
Audio Mixer: Kieran Kelly.
Recording information: Monkey Boy Studios, NY; Sawmills Cornwall; The Buddy Project.
Only three years passed between the Stones' debut and this follow-up record, but the siblings seem to have aged exponentially in the interim. While 2007's A Book Like This found the two setting their own adolescence to a soundtrack of acoustic guitars and sparse percussion, Down the Way is a decidedly adult album, filled with textured arrangements and a wider array of influences. Angus and Julia handle their own production this time around, and the resulting songs jump from panoramic chamber pop -- often with a rootsy, Americana edge -- to bedroom folk songs, with both members trading off vocals and instrumental duties. Julia still sings in a soft, fairy tale voice, but her own songs are bolder than they once were, with tracks like "Hold On" taking much of their strength from the contrast between her gauzy, childlike croon and the nocturnal-sounding instruments that surround it. Even so, brother Angus gets the "most improved" award, having moved past the solo folk songs he favored on A Book Like This (although some of those show up here, too) in favor of lush, collaborative material. On "Draw Your Swords," one of the album's three tunes to stretch past six minutes, he rips into the final refrain with gusto, shouting the lyrics in a cracked baritone before adopting a Jeff Buckley-ish falsetto. ~ Andrew Leahey
Really enjoying this cd. Reminds me a little of NZ band Goldenhorse,with the breathy ethereal tones of Julia's voice. I can imagine turning this up loud on a summery day with all the windows and doors open!
After being recommended by a friend, i decided to buy 'Down The Way'. I really like this album. The music is simple yet so beautiful. The siblings, Angus and Julia's voices - the collision is like a beautiful harmony. Stand out tracks for me are 'big jet plane' , 'walk it off' and the haunting, heartbreaking ballad 'i'm not yours'. If you like Lisa Mitchell's album 'wonder' then there is a good chance that you would like this one. I am excited for Angus & Julia Stone's future material.
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