The third tune for Angus and Julia Stone for the year has been released and its called ‘A Heartbreak’.
After receiving earlier tastes of their impending new album with ‘Death Defying Acts’ and ‘Heart Beats Slow’, ‘A Heartbreak’ certainly increases the excitement for the release of their record on August 1. Whilst I loved their last couple of records, which seem like an age ago now, their is something about the intensity, heaviness and darkness of their new tracks that just sends my ears into a frenzy. Lyrically, ‘A Heartbreak’ just tells the most incredible of story of ending love, and told in a musical way that merely exaggerates the gravity of the situation. Another great track that really suggests that Rick Rubin has managed to unlock some untapped talent these two have.
Armed with only an acoustic guitar and an amazing voice, I am already sure that Bella Johnston will be the acoustic/roots find in Australia for 2012. I know right – big call considering its only January.
Showing shades of Angus and Julia Stone, Bella delivers what has to be the most relaxing and calming of acoustic songs. Her voice is so angelic and allows every last string of emotion in each song to shine through. It seems to have this fragility, that really conveys her naivety and innocence, which also come through strongly in her lyrics about young love and new experiences. I also think that the simplicity of her backing instrumentation, whilst also well done, really provides a solid platform for Bella’s voice to shine through as her main instrument.
Unfortunately I couldn’t find a soundcloud page or a well titled youtube clip to share her sound with you, although the one at the foot of the page is still an amazing listen. The best I can do is point you to her unearthed page where you can listen and download her tracks ‘Shiny Hearts’ and ‘Hello, Hello, Hello’. Just a quick word of warning, once they are downloaded I guarantee you just can’t stop listening.