Angus & Julia Stone Reunite for Sixth Album 'Cape Forestier'

Australian singer-songwriter duo Angus & Julia Stone release their sixth studio album, "Cape Forestier", marking a return to their folk roots and nostalgic themes. The album features 12 emotionally potent tracks, exploring nature, love, and the ocean, with a focus on acoustic sonorities and poetic lyrics.

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Angus & Julia Stone Reunite for Sixth Album 'Cape Forestier'

Angus & Julia Stone Reunite for Sixth Album 'Cape Forestier'

Australian singer-songwriter duo Angus & Julia Stone have released their sixth studio album, 'Cape Forestier,' marking a return to their folk roots and nostalgic themes. The album features 12 emotionally potent and stripped-back tracks, reminiscent of their earlier work. After pursuing solo projects, the siblings have reunited with a fresh perspective, drawing from old notebooks and gathering scattered songs that were waiting for the right moment to be recorded.

The title 'Cape Forestier' refers to a fishing boat owned by a friend, which inspired the title track dedicated to their parents and grandparents. The album explores themes of nature, love, and the ocean, with song titles such as 'Down To The Sea,' 'My Little Anchor,' and 'No Boat No Aeroplane.' Angus wrote 'No Boat No Aeroplane' at the age of 16, which is considered one of the album's standout tracks.

The duo has also included 'The Wedding Song,' a fan favorite that has been played live many times and has been chosen by hundreds of fans for their wedding day. Angus Stone told Rolling Stone, "There's an authenticity to having that time away and discovering what it is you're looking for when you write a song. That coming home feeling is what this recording represents for us, heading back to the garage and recording in the living room."

Musically, 'Cape Forestier' showcases acoustic sonorities with clean lines, poetic and light lyrics, and a focus on the ocean. The arrangements are of high quality, reflecting the duo's maturity and growth in their solo careers. The harmony of their two voices is unparalleled, particularly in tracks like 'Losing You.' The album also includes an inspired cover of Bob Dylan's 'I Want You.'

Angus & Julia Stone have been making music together since 2006, with a brief break in their mid-twenties. During their time apart, they worked on separate projects, allowing them to evolve individually and bring fresh experiences and perspectives into their collaborative work. The duo's music is inspired by their upbringing, with their father, a wedding singer, introducing them to their early muses, including The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, and Neil Young.

'Cape Forestier' was recorded at Sugarcane Mountain Studios in north New South Wales, with co-producer and guitarist Ben Edgar. Backing vocals and finishing touches were recorded around the globe, from hotels in Nashville and Houston to Julia's home in Berlin. The album is accompanied by a European tour, as the duo continues to navigate their work as both solo artists and a band.

With 'Cape Forestier,' Angus & Julia Stone have crafted a testament to the magic that happens when the siblings come together, creating a unique sound that is both intimate and expansive. The album is a return to form for the duo, focusing on melancholic and nostalgic melodies that will delight longtime fans. As Angus Stone reflects, "At this time in the world, there's so much chaos and a lot of people are just really confused as to why things are happening and the mistreatment of community. For us, it's an important time to share love, hope, and light through songwriting."

Key Takeaways

  • Australian duo Angus & Julia Stone release 6th studio album "Cape Forestier", returning to folk roots.
  • Album features 12 stripped-back tracks, exploring nature, love, and the ocean.
  • Title track inspired by a friend's fishing boat, dedicated to their parents and grandparents.
  • Album recorded at Sugarcane Mountain Studios, with co-producer Ben Edgar and global backing vocals.
  • Duo's reunion brings fresh perspective, focusing on love, hope, and light in their songwriting.