Hope ya’ll enjoyed a happy Thanksgiving with your families! I was lucky enough to kick off the holiday break with cancelled classes and a free ticket to see Luke Sital-Singh and Angus and Julia Stone, some of my favorite singer-songwriters.
I’ve been following Angus and Julia since the end of middle school – I would listen to Down The Way on repeat on those long, small town, school bus rides. And Luke was introduced to me in high school by a friend who’s “friend, [I] wouldn’t know him because he goes to a different school, but he has this really good spotify playlist that [I] should listen to.” (Sophie and Zach, I’m talking about you).
Before the show, talk in the crowd seemed to be mainly and excitedly about Angus and Julia, but London’s sadboy, Luke Sital-Singh definitely wooed everyone with those hauntingly beautiful songs. I’m pretty sure I hear everybody’s heart’s crack open just a little bit, love and pain spilling out and consuming us all for the rest of his set and for a little bit afterward. He ended with “Nothing Stays The Same,” the first of his I ever heard, and everything seemed to wrap up really nicely, coming full circle.
So I’ve been seriously over-listening to Angus and Julia’s new album, Snow, since it’s release. So. Good. (you can watch the cutest music video ever for the title track below, also Dacre Montgomery is in the video for “Chateau”) The Australian sibling duo were accompanied by musicians from all around the world as Julia later told us, and they put on one of the most honest shows I’ve seen in a while. They exuded humbleness and kept telling us how thankful they were to be where they are, “Angus and I consider ourselves pretty lucky kids,” Julia said. They played quite a bit of new music, but also touched enough of their older hits to satisfy everyone in the crowd – I was just as excited to hear it all.
Maybe it’s where I was standing, but unfortunately, Angus’s vocals were a little drowned out by the guitar in a many songs. I thought I was a pretty big fan, but seeing and hearing some of the craziness up by the stage, I was definitely one-upped, or possibly just very sober compared to everyone else. They came back for an encore, playing “Yellow Brick Road” and “Santa Monica Dream” much to the audiences enthusiasm, making us all fall in love with them all over again.
Angus and Julia Stone