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On my stereo this week: ‘Nothing Else’ by Angus & Julia Stone.

I have a bit of a soft spot for Angus & Julia Stone. This singer songwriting sibling duo never cease to surprise me, seemingly employing new skills and sounds to every album that they record. For instance, if you get the chance to grab a copy of their latest album Snow (2017), listen out for that double keyboard organ that infiltrates much of it. Furthermore for those who know something about vocal layering, look out for how it takes on an impressive new life on the track Chateau. But as impressive as their techniques are, I think we as fans are always going to be mesmerised by their faithful harmonies with Julia’s fragile breathy vocals, complemented by Angus brooding voice, which wash over you, on almost every single track on Snow. Just simply from the opening bars of their title track Snow with Julia’s la la la’s, she truly makes you want to fall in love with her.

But off their album Snow also comes a song called Nothing Else, which is completely in the spirit of their dreamy indie rock-folk style. It has already amassed a little over seven million streams on Spotify, an indication of the appeal of the song. Equally mesmerising is the music video for Nothing Else, which features the intoxicating Julia Stone playing two versions of herself: the buttoned up, responsible businesswoman and the free-spirited, creative artist.

Julia recently explained the premise of the song and video where she said, “It’s about self acceptance and self love. I wanted to make a video that shows an aspect of the relationship we have with ourselves. The parts we love, the parts that we find irritating or unlovable. The relationship in the video begins with judgment and frustration. By the end of the video, there is an acceptance from both versions…an ease with the different elements, the contradictions of who we are.”

Robert Horvat is a Melbourne based blogger. He believes that the world is round and that art is one of our most important treasures. He has seen far too many classic films and believes coffee runs through his veins. As a student of history, he favours ancient and medieval history. Music pretty much rules his life and inspires his moods. Favourite artists include The Beatles, Pearl Jam, Garbage and Lana Del Rey.

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