ANGUS & JULIA STONE + LUKE SITAL-SINGH @ THE FONDA THEATRE
Photos by Leslie Kalohi Words by Neelofer Lodhy
Swelled hearts filled up a sold out Fonda Theatre as Angus and Julia Stone
serenaded Los Angeles. It was an emotional night, not purely because of the romantic disposition of their music, but because at one point, the return of the sibling twosome was uncertain.
Three years after 2014’s self-titled album, they’ve delivered another set of songs showcasing their brilliance and expansive use of instruments. They’ve also completed writing and recording together, a process which was instant upon producer Rick Rubin, as they’ve previously done separately up until now.
Working together has shown to be advantageous as their fourth effort, Snow, is said to be their finest musical contribution yet and the results can be seen and heard in their live show as it appears a warmer connection amongst the two have been established.
Couples drew near to one another as a romantic aura filled the room whilst Angus and Julia Stone played to a colorful backdrop of alternating imagery. The Aussie-based siblings alternated between acoustic and electric guitars with Angus occasionally showing his talents on the harmonica, and Julia impressively playing the trumpet.
While most of the set catered to new material from Snow, crowd favorites from previous titles were played as well as an awesome, up-beat rendition of Neil Young’s romantic melody, “Harvest Moon.” The duo was backed by a full band which included a third guitarist, a keyboardist, a percussionist and a very talented bassist which Julia addressed as he was playing another bass onstage with his toes.
As they carved their way into the setlist, both Angus and Julia bonded over backstories of old flames which inspired their most noteworthy tracks, “For You” and “Big Jet Plane,” which they played to the crowd’s delight.
British singer, songwriter Luke Sital-Singh opened as direct support for Angus and Julia Stone. He repeatedly joked with the audience, thanking them for allowing him to play “such depressing songs on piano.” Singh, a solo act, toggled between a blues-like electronic guitar and piano throughout his set, singing soulful indie-folk songs from his latest album Time is a Riddle.