Angus Stone strolled onto the stage in Newcastle, NSW, on the second stop of his Broken Brights Australian Tour. He reached the pocket of the stage, lights deliberately cast from his face, and he let his guitar and melodic voice step forth. And that was the way for the night. No talk, or banter. But Stone and his band, all hipster beards ablaze, were magical, melodic and, as their music turned increasingly psychedelic in the second half, they became captivating.
On Smoking Gun, Angus Stone’s wistful, soulful voice sits triumphantly above a rootsy bed of instrumentation. From here, it rarely loosens, instead finding a comfortable middle-ground amongst this debut solo album’s surprisingly upbeat and bluesy tone. Recording under the name, Lady of the Sunshine, the other half of brother and sister duo, Angus and Julia [...]