JULIA STONE ‘Sixty Summers’


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Sydney’s Julia Stone, who is perhaps best known for her lovely collaborations with her brother, Angus, has one of indie’s most delicate voices, a trait she’s used to help craft relaxed, congenial indie folk since the pair’s debut in 2007. On Sixty Summers, she ditches her folksy membrane and embraces divergent, vibrant pop reminiscent of the mid-’80s. For her first solo effort in nearly a decade, it’s certainly different from what would be expected.  Eight years after Stone’s last solo record, Sixty Summers arrives as a powerful rebirth for one of Australia’s most prolific artists. Emerging from the wildernesses of folk and indie-rock, with Sixty Summers Stone dives headfirst into the cosmopolitan, hedonistic world of late-night, moonlit pop. The stunning album brings us the grit and glitter of the city, with all its attendant joys, dangers, romances and risks. It is Stone at her truest self.

To the credit of Stone and co-producers St. Vincent and Doveman, all 13 songs have a cohesive sound that ties the record together. From the round, warm piano of “We All Have” to the sparkly, groovily octaved “Easy” to the infectiously open chorus of “Queen,” it’s very clear that Stone’s approach is holistic and focused. For the most part, the melodies are dexterous and appealing, using Stone’s flexible timbre as a centerpiece.