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Far From Earth

by Stonefield

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Kayla Rose
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Kayla Rose I love this album and have been listening to it on YouTube for quite some time now. The first three songs are some of my favorite tracks ever! Super happy to finally add it to my library! Favorite track: In The Eve.
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The Ghost of Haggis Wampovich Heavy psych with an emphasis on great melodies that are never overbaked. The music is full of pathos, longing and introspection. The riffs are weighty and the band vibrates the speakers with a massive attack cut with a subtle undercurrent of feminine sexual energy and a fresh point of view for the stoner/psych genre. Favorite track: In The Eve.
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thepigg Stonefield was one of the only two shows I saw in 2020. It was my second time seeing them and they were awesome. It was a nice small venue. They played Through the Storm and I knew I had to hear the album from whence it came. The whole thing is awesome, Through the Storm is my favorite both because of the live experience, and because it feels a lot like BENT and I love BENT. I also love As Above So Below, and there were some similar vibes to it in this album as well, which I also really dig. Favorite track: Through The Storm.
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Delusion 04:34
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In The Eve 03:56
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Visions 03:29
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Together 03:06
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Broken Stone 05:47
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In My Head 03:34
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Sleepyhead 03:55
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Far From Earth is the latest addition to an extensive catalogue that the four Findlay sisters have been officially releasing since 2010, but a catalogue they have been building since the days when they were only as tall as the strange stone formations that surround their hometown in Australia's rural south-east. For over a decade, the band have seemingly existed within their own stellar nebula; unaffected by fleeting modern musical trends, their sound is a homage to the prog, metal and psych powerhouses of the 70s whilst remaining completely their own.

Their second full-length LP As Above, So Below (2016) firmly established Stonefield as one of the key players in the current wave of Australian psych-rock, but Far From Earth sees the band's sound enter a whole new spectrum. With Black Mountain's Stephen McBean at the production helm, first single and album opener 'Delusion' demonstrates a shift from the hardened psych pop of earlier records toward more prog and heavy metal. The title track 'Far From Earth' extrapolates on this, as a bass drum pulses between blurry synth lines and circular guitar riffs.

'In The Eve' reveals a silkier side to drummer/singer Amy's trademark vocals before launching into a driving and unabashedly hooky chorus. 'Visions' enters with a striding dancefloor-esque rhythm section, the lyrics exposing the album's overarching theme of making sense of yourself in your own mind as well as in the universe/multiverse. 'Together' is a tender moment - "Time goes slowly, moves so gently, when we are as one...lover, lover" - which morphs into a Ravi Shankar-era Beatles sound on 'Broken Stone'. Tenderness is fleeting, however, as 'Through The Storm' propels the listener right back in to Sabbath territory and 'In My Head' continues the dark, sludgy journey. 'Sleepyhead' is a proggy lullaby, with the instrumental closer 'Celestial Spaces' making it damn hard for listeners to come down from this trip through the Stonefield stratosphere.

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released April 13, 2018

This album was written & recorded by Stonefield.
Amy Findlay, Sarah Findlay, Holly Findlay & Hannah Findlay.
Produced by Stephen McBean (Black Mountain)
Mixed By Claudius Mittendorfer (Temples, Weezer, Arctic Monkeys)
Recorded in Los Angeles at Ultrasound Studios By Samuel Shea
Featuring Rob Campanella from Brian Jonestown Massacre & Gregg Forman from Cat Power

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