Julie Stone emerges on new single ‘Break’

Julia Stone today marks her eagerly anticiapted solo return with a striking new single ‘Break’. In a profound and exciting shift from her folk origins, Stone has shed a proverbial skin to emerge in an entirely new form. Stone dazzels on ‘Break’.

With its surreal, metallic synths and horns, the single is reminiscent of David Byrne, and is the perfect introduction to Stone’s compelling new era. ‘Break’ is the first single to be released from a large body of work; the details of which are to be revealed.

‘Break’ was produced by none other than St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) and Thomas Bartlett (Yoko Ono, Sufjan Stevens) with contributions fom Stella Mozgawa of Warpaint and Bryce Dessner (The National).

Annie Clark reminisces on her first introduction to ‘Break’ – “I was so floored by ‘Break’. The feel, the vibe, it’s catchy but weird – like “You Can Call Me Al” through the looking glass.”

Her first solo output in eight years, ‘Break’ finds the celebrated songwriter diving headfirst into the cosmopolitan, hedonistic world of late-night, moonlit pop. The single presents a collision of Stone’s singular artistic output with the most inspiring corner of New York avant-garde.

Stone muses that ‘Break’ is about being alive with the headrush of new love: “It’s when you first meet somebody, and you have that connection, and your chemicals go crazy. It’s about enjoying that first moment, without considering what comes next.” Stone’s words resonate in the breathtaking visual that accompanies ‘Break’.

Live now, the striking video sees Stone and a collective of stunning dancers, choreographed by prolific Andrew Winghart (Billie Eilish, Solange, Lorde) moving in beautiful and striking formation through the streets of Mexico City – under neon signs, nightclub ceilings, streetlights and an abandoned Opera House.

Directed by LA-based Australian director Jessie Hill (credited on clips for Angus & Julia Stone, Halsey, Broods and Jarryd James) the visual adaptation of ‘Break’ was shot in November 2019 with a club scene echoing a dystopian future (one in which we eerily now find ourselves) where the air is toxic and the dancers are styled in handmade, bejewelled face masks. Hill and Mexico City wardrobe designer Paolo Algaro collaborated to conceptualise and create custom-made costumes, with – fabrics soucred from local suppliers and handmade, hand-painted shoes.

Surrealist Spanish-Croatian artist Filip Custic created the artwork for the single. His work explored the impact of digital technologies on our conscience and sense of identity, bringing together art, technology, and humankind. He created a world where Julia exists as a Siren calling her lover from the other side.

Julia Stone – Break

Since the release of her 2012 debut solo album, BY THE HORNS, Stone has place her creative energies into various artistic endeavours. She and brother Angus Stone released two of their four albums – 2014’s self0titled, Platinum-selling, ARIA #1-debuting ANGUS & JULIA STONE and 2017’s Gold-accredited SNOW featuring their hit ‘Chateau’ which took out #3 on the triple J hottest 100 of 2018. Stone also curated SONG FOR AUSTRALIA in March this year – a complilation album to aid relief following the devastating Australian bushfires – featuring Kirt Vile, Laura Mvula, The National, Paul Kelling and Stone herself. She also stars in the upcoming film adaptation of Time Winton’s Dirt Music.

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