'By The Horns' is Julia's second solo offering, and her first since the multi platinum success of Angus and Julia Stone's 'Down The Way' album.
The beautiful imagery of 'By The Horns' is captured in this deluxe album package, including exclusive track 'Here for the Night'. Emblazoned with horns, the twilight-black box contains 4 limited edition polaroid cards and an extended 24-page lyric booklet, all with a satin finish.
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The songs have been composed in California, refined in France and sculpted in Australia and India and as the summer turned to fall in New York City, they poured through her hands to the ears and hands of Producer Thomas Bartlett who has worked with Doveman, Antony & the Johnsons and The National and is currently producing upcoming record by Glen Hansard. Bartlett expertly creates living and breathing sounds along with the most understatedly talented musicians on 'By The Horns'.
The sessions were co-produced by Patrick Dillett, equally known for his work recording powerful female vocalists like Mary J Blige and Mariah Carey, and as a producer for David Byrne and Arto Lindsay and mixed Julia’s first solo album 'The Memory Machine'.
Oren Bloedow's (Elysian Fields, Lounge Lizards) buoyant bass lifts us into Julia's playful surrender on opener 'Let's Forget All The Things That We Say'. Rob Moose (Bon Iver, My Brightest Diamond, Antony & the Johnsons) drapes the walls with viola and violin and Bartlett's keyboards shimmer as Julia reminds us we still can, and must, open the window on 'With the Light'. Bryan Devendorf's (The National) drumming lends a roiling pulse of groundless rhythm to the insecure imploring of 'I'm Here, I'm Not Here' and then, on 'Justine' carries a courageous, intimacy-seeking lover to the end of contention. Then there is Julia's interpretation of The National's 'Bloodbuzz, Ohio' which infuses the song with a subtle vulnerability.
'By The Horns' signals a great transition; an introduction of Julia Stone as a singular artist of her own voice, the birth of a mature voice of formidable strength and delicate insight, out of the shadow of past successes.
1. Let's Forget All The Things That We Say
2. Bloodbuzz Ohio
3. It's All Okay
4. I’m here, I’m not here
6. Break Apart
7. With The Light
8. I Want To Live Here
9. By The Horns
10. The Line That Ties Me
11. Here For The Night