Beletic's debut album, Legends of These Lands Left to Live, takes its emotionally raw energy from the wells of transformation and mystery. At times, the record recalls Patti Smith's ragged and desperate punk, the Flat Duo Jets' animalistic rockabilly played super slow, or Cat Power's cigarette-chewing soul — yet, even with such high-profile reference points, Beletic holds her own. (Legends is the first stand-alone album for Lightning Records, a magazine/cassette-subscription label run by Beletic and Seth Olinsky, member of Akron/Family and Angels of Light, and who also produced the record.)
With three guitars playing a single-note riff over a stomping kick-drum, "Stone Fox" is a tall drink of water. Beletic's bluesy, drawled guitar and stuttered sense of rhythm shuffle around her words that curl smoke in dry heat.
"'Stone Fox was the last song I wrote for the record as a sort of reflective statement about exploring, about finding a rock 'n' roll feminine spirit, about the deep personal power of shapeshifting," Beletic wrote to NPR. "It's the idea of heading out into the unknown and what you find out beyond that point."