Gig review: Angus and Julia Stone - Glasgow

Brother and sister Angus and Julia Stone are now featuring in adverts, film scores and more. Picture: Getty

Brother and sister Angus and Julia Stone are now featuring in adverts, film scores and more. Picture: Getty

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THE third song performed by this Australian sibling MOR folky pop-rock pair, sister Stone amusingly explained – with a story which, in her own words, progressed from “sad” to “next level sad”– was a yearning ballad to a musician ex-boyfriend, whom upon hearing said earnest effort at poetic reconciliation For You, apparently reciprocated with a death metal rage called Going To Hell.

Angus And Julia Stone

Academy, Glasgow

***

If only the Stones would apply such levity to their music. Instead, come For You’s intended clincher lyric “I’ll make you a star in my universe”, we got such a hokey embellishment as the stage backdrop suddenly glowing with lights like, yes, stars.

Having released two relatively well-received records in 2007 and 2010, then split up, then reunited at the behest of iconic American producer Rick Rubin who helmed their new self-titled album, Angus and Julia have experienced next level success of late.

With a substantial debt to film and TV syncs, they are in everything from make-up and mobile phone ads to a Twilight movie soundtrack.

Backed here by a plugged-in four-piece band, they evidenced very natural musicianship as much as they did neutered readings of their influences.

Skipping between guitar, keys and trumpet with ease, Julia came across as a kind of Disney-fied Mazzy Starr, her cutesy birdsong voice at one stage tweeting a slinky, slowed-down cover of Grease hit You’re The One That I Want.

Her brother, meanwhile, suggested a sort of soft-core Ryan Adams in country-rock slow jams like Yellow Brick Road. Their best moment was their closest, singing in tight harmony as a duo on bittersweet closer Santa Monica Dream.

Seen on 14.12.14

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