DOPE LEMON - Big Smooth Cat
Angus Stoneâs second solo album, Smooth Big Cat, released under his DOPE LEMON alias, is a psychedelic journey through a hazy, Wild Western fever dream. This record will keep you swaying to the music with its mid-tempo grooves full of reverb-soaked guitars and an ever-present twangy synth that always seems to come back. Stoneâs cool, calm, and at times lazy, delivery flows like molasses over Santana-esque guitar riffs, bongo-backed beats, and everything in between. The albumâs sound remains consistent throughout its 46-minute run-time, adopting a style of music that would appeal to John Wayne as much as it would Cheech and Chong. Each track tells a story, with Lonely Boys Paradise detailing an island you can never leave, and Smooth Big Cat chronicling the adventures of the albumâs aptly named mascot. This is clearly Stoneâs most personal project to date, seeing as he wrote, recorded, and arranged the entire thing himself. This is evidenced in the music as well, as he professes his relationship troubles on Hey Little Baby, and even includes recordings of his girlfriend in the heartfelt outro, Hey, Man Donât Look at Me Like That, adding intimacy and vulnerability to the fitting end of this musical journey.
Author: Frank McLaughlin
"Outside of the working world, music is something I invest a lot of time in, in more ways than one. I could spend hours on my SoundCloud timeline, Apple Music, or YouTube discovering new artists to listen to and enjoy. I have channeled this love into brief music reviews that can be found in the appropriate part of this website, and more recently, the First State Studios website. I have also begun to produce music myself, learning the ins and outs of Ableton, Serum, Audacity, and other necessary software, and it still remains one of my favorite ways to spend my free time. It has sparked a love for learning new technologies and software and is something I hope to continue to grow with. I feel that my lifelong interest in the technical side of creative arts combined with my newfound analytical knowledge combine perfectly to serve me well in the marketing and advertising realm."