That’s right: Julia Stone’s new clip is so quality, it merits some major sort of statuette!
The video accompanies the second track of fresh music from the former folk queen, whose old partner in crime – her bro Angus – is knee-deep in his own successful solo career as Dope Lemon.
Julia’s new direction is heavy on the breakbeats, while still being deliciously melodic. First we heard Break, an undeniable belter which leans on Latin influences (not just rhythmically, but in its sassy horns and the distinctly Latino-shaped main chorus melody).
Now we get Unreal, which is a peach of its own: it’s punctured by awesome flurried breakbeat samples, and a very Air-esque vocoder treatment to the chorus.
It’s this element – the warping of Julia’s voice into something beautiful, but artificial – which director Bonnie Moir has used as the central thread of the clip’s story. We don’t want to spoil it for you, but we will tell you that Julia’s co-star is the incredibly accomplished Australian actor Damon Herriman (who most recently played Charles Manson in Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood), whose sensitive face will utterly transport you into the video’s story.
Watch below, and if you’re in Sydney, you’re in luck: Julia’s just announced a couple of super intimate shows for November. Details are in the tour poster below the clip, and tickets are available here.