CD reviews: Angus & Julia Stone

Recorded in a Byron Bay cottage, the Australian siblings’ album is, in part, influenced by uber-producer Rick Rubin, who encouraged the pair to write their songs together.

The result is a relatively intimate collection of indie-pop  big on electric guitars, low-key rhythms and a slacker ethos.

The title track slides in on a woozy drum machine and Julia’s almost twee vocals doing battle with her brother’s more laidback approach; Chateau’s pizzicato strings and delicate bass chords are offset by a chugging guitar and propulsive kick drum; and Sleep Alone  balances piano and dark, glistening textural washes with high-sampled vocals.

• Angus & Julia Stone. Snow. EMI. 

• ★★★ (out of five)

Single download: Who Do You Think You Are
For those who like: Eels, The Brunettes 

— Shane Gilchrist

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