Julia Stone today marks her eagerly anticipated 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 dazzles 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 larger 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 from 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 corners 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’.
The striking video sees Stone and a collective of stunning dancers, choreographed by prolific Andrew Winghart (Billy Eilish, Solange, Lorde) moving in beautiful and striking formations through the streets of Mexico City – under neon signs, nightclub ceilings, streetlights and an abandoned Opera House.
Reimagined, reborn and reinvigorated, this new era for Stone replaces dirt under foot with wet pavements and sticky dancefloors; trades blue skies for red lights and red lips. Step into Julia Stone’s brand-new world.