Three years ago, Angus Stone released a solo album under a pseudonym. Taking a break from Angus & Julia Stone, his regular folk-pop band with his sister, the Australian singer-songwriter put out a record as Lady of the Sunshine. He wasn’t ready to step out under his own name.
For his latest solo effort, “Broken Brights,” Stone took the reins to make a haunting, sad-eyed Americana record that shimmers with echoes of Elliott Smith and Jeff Buckley.
“In my heart, this for me is my first solo album,” Stone says.
Ahead of his show at Brighton Music Hall on Tuesday, Stone recently told us five reasons why he was so eager to produce his own record.
1. Keep it old school. “It’s always been a dream of mine to record everything to tape [as opposed to digital]. Everything was tracked on tape, and I think its warmth comes from that.”
2. Take your time. “I like to see the songs as short films in their own right. When I listen back to them, I’ve got my popcorn and become a part of the audience.”
3. Let the songs breathe. “One of the things that gets lost in the recording process is knowing when to stop. I wanted to let people hear the space within the songs.”
4. Find the right musicians. “I wanted to be clear in my heart about who I wanted to play on this record and found new people to work with.”
5. And find the right people to finish it. “You really have to have charisma with one another. The engineers I worked with are people I would hang out with — people I’d drink some beers with.”
Angus Stone performs at Brighton Music Hall on Tuesday at
9 p.m. Tickets: $16. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com