Dope Lemon – Honey Bones
Dope Lemon is the new project of Angus Stone, of Angus and Julia Stone fame. It’s a trippy, psychy, 1960s-nuggety album, and it’s a real grower. There are the usual Angus Stone hooks. ‘Uptown Folks’ being a great example. But there’s a grittier, earthier feel to this collection, particularly when compared with the Stone siblings’ recent Rick Rubin-produced self-titled collection. This time, there are fewer Neil Young-style guitar-led peregrinations. ‘Stonecutters’ is about as far down by the river as we get. Yet Dope Lemon still know how to get into a real groove. ‘Coyote’ has a certain trance-inducing quality. ‘How Many Times’ is a slow and bluesy journey on the dope train. And the title track takes us on a trip to the outskirts of Rishikesh. Some side projects can be excruciatingly self-indulgent. But not this one. It feels like it’s given Angus Stone the space in which to explore some of the ideas that wouldn’t quite suit his other musical incarnation. For sure, Angus and Julia Stone remain the best Australian brother-and-sister Fleetwood Mac-soundalike band around, but Dope Lemon have just become our very favourite Angus Stone side project. Highly recommended.