Angus & Julia Stone Down The Way (4 stars)

Angus & Julia Stone Down The Way

(Flock Music)

Building up a fanbase stretching from their Australian homeland to the States, via gigs in the Scottish Highlands (their debut album, A Book Like This, was co-produced by Travis’s Fran Healy in his London living room), young siblings Angus and Julia Stone deliver their second album, Down The Way.

With songs split into two obvious camps, Julia’s vocals – class examples are February’s single ‘And The Boys’, ‘Hold On’ and ‘For You’ – come across as the new Cerys Matthews complete with lush string arrangements, while rustic cool dude Angus is this year’s Paolo Nutini by way of ‘Black Crow’, ‘Big Jet Plane’ and the Crosby, Stills and Nash-tinged ‘Yellow Brick Road’.

And that’s only the first half of the album. An ethereal and graceful pop offering.

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