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NEW STONEY ALBUM “MORE THAN ANIMALS” AVAILABLE TO STREAM AT http://stoney.bandcamp.com/album/more-than-animals
“One moment the gifted lone operator affects the kind of trenchant rock-riff panache associated with the younger Bowie, the next he's rattling off urban nightlife images with the droll elegance of The Kinks..." – The Independent
Currently living in Austin, Texas, Stoney was raised the son of a preacher in the South London suburbs before drifting up north to Sheffield, where he brought to life his rare ability to effectively blend genres from folk to soaring rock to trip-hoppy-electronica. He soon gained a loyal following in the blossoming Steel City music scene, becoming a key figure in the emerging “New Yorkshire” movement as the NME would later label it. A string of well received indie singles & EP releases leading up to his self-produced debut album “The Scene & the Unseen” won the enigmatic multi-instrumentalist glowing international media praise, with “Record of the week” accolades in several broadsheets along with radio support from the likes of 6music, iTunes, BBC R2 and Xfm.
Festival appearances at Glastonbury & Leeds, alongside high profile tours with the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Jamie T and Athlete helped Stoney forge a reputation as an exhilarating live performer, earning him glowing press reviews, radio support and public endorsements from the likes of über producer Rick Rubin and Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner among many others.
Despite his growing success in the UK, Stoney decided to up-sticks and move to Austin, Texas, citing a need for “sunshine and change”.
He set up home and studio with a small community of “quirky poet and painter friends” in an old creaky house in the city where he has remained since.
Shortly after, Stoney somewhat unexpectedly re-emerged with a new musical act called “Bobby Jealousy” Co- founded with neighbor and friend Seth Gibbs and local punk firecracker Sabrina Ellis, the trio of songwriters combined classic pop songwriting with a punk energy and soulful melodies to great effect. Defining the term “Dirt-Pop”, Bobby Jealousy quickly become one of Austin’s most lauded bands for their originality and rigorous live shows. The release of their 2012 debut album “A Little Death“ received fevered praise in Austin and beyond, prompting Stoney to hit the road once more to extensively tour both coasts of the U.S with the band, before parting ways to resume his solo work.
More than Animals, Stoney’s full length album, is every bit as fearlessly eclectic as his previous work, albeit a lot more sophisticated and with an altogether darker tone. With the assistance of legendary producer Tim Palmer (The Cure, Bowie, Pearl Jam) and L.A based Warren Huart (Both are also British Ex-Pats living in the U.S) Stoney hops genre with consummate ease, packing each infectious and haunting melody with astonishing lyrical potency. From the Jerking push-and-pull of indie-pop opener “Sweet Release” through to the gentle build and soaring sadness of the elegant Albatross, More than Animals is a treasure trove, full to the brim with wonderfully crafted, timeless songs.
“The British singer-songwriter recalls a younger David Bowie with the dapper swagger of The Kinks. He can easily switch between coy rock songs about nightlife and Elliott Smith-inspired bedroom folk.” – NPR Music
“It is difficult to capture Stoney's distinctive, mellow sound in words, but it falls somewhere between mellow shoegaze and echo-riddled euphoria, a natural high contrasted with electronic noise, a modern explosion with a bohemian edge.” – BBC