Offshoot no longer, Angus Stone’s passion project Dope Lemon grew some serious teeth and claws with the 2019 release of his second full-length album Smooth Big Cat, and he’ll be roaring and ready to go as he steps off the Groovin the Moo bandwagon for three exclusive sideshows this April!
Appearing at the Fortitude Music Hall in Brisbane, the Enmore Theatre in Sydney and the Forum in Melbourne, these much-anticipated shows will display the swaying, swagger filled guitar haze that has made Dope Lemon appointment listening for Stone’s devoted Australian fanbase.
Recorded in his northern New South Wales ranch studio Belafonte, Smooth Big Cat was recently described by DIY Magazine as an “enveloping, blissed-out jam of a listen”.
It features chill singles ‘Hey You’ (#84 in triple j’s 2019 Hottest 100), ‘Salt & Pepper’,’Give Me Honey’ and ‘Dope & Smoke’ which landed at #2 on the ARIA chart upon release in July last year.
Stone played every single instrument on the album, as well as pitching in on mixing and production, proving that the wealth of powers he has spent the last 15 years mastering through his work with his sister via the Angus & Julia Stone juggernaut (not to mention his various solo projects) have turned him into a full blown musical wizard.
In collaboration with his sister, Angus has released four consecutive ARIA Top 10 albums, built a rabid following all over the world and has become one of the most successful Australian artists of the last 30 years.
Their latest album Snow saw the siblings submit to a gruelling touring schedule which, when completed, had Angus considering his next move. “It’s about tension and release,” he recently explained to musicfeeds.com.au. “When you pop out the back end of a tour, you either want to just go somewhere and pass out and sleep for a hundred years or you want to get back into it and flex the creative part of your mind.”
Lucky for us, he decided to get flexing as he bunkered down and began working diligently on Smooth Big Cat.
A departure from the approach he took with Dope Lemon’s 2016 debut Honey Bones or even his previous solo work (Stone’s debut solo effort, Smoking Gun, was credited to Lady of the Sunshine, whereas 2012’s Broken Brights was released under Angus Stone), the sessions have paid dividends with listeners becoming enraptured with the lazy, addictive grooves that coat Stone’s unmistakably intimate vocal talents.