Far From Earth is the latest addition to an extensive catalogue that the four Findlay sisters have been officially releasing since 2010, but a catalogue they have been building since the days when they were only as tall as the strange stone formations that surround their hometown in Australia's rural south-east. For over a decade, the band have seemingly existed within their own stellar nebula; unaffected by fleeting modern musical trends, their sound is a homage to the prog, metal and psych powerhouses of the 70s whilst remaining completely their own.
Their second full-length LP As Above, So Below (2016) firmly established Stonefield as one of the key players in the current wave of Australian psych-rock, but Far From Earth sees the band's sound enter a whole new spectrum. With Black Mountain's Stephen McBean at the production helm, first single and album opener 'Delusion' demonstrates a shift from the hardened psych pop of earlier records toward more prog and heavy metal. The title track 'Far From Earth' extrapolates on this, as a bass drum pulses between blurry synth lines and circular guitar riffs.
'In The Eve' reveals a silkier side to drummer/singer Amy's trademark vocals before launching into a driving and unabashedly hooky chorus. 'Visions' enters with a striding dancefloor-esque rhythm section, the lyrics exposing the album's overarching theme of making sense of yourself in your own mind as well as in the universe/multiverse. 'Together' is a tender moment - "Time goes slowly, moves so gently, when we are as one...lover, lover" - which morphs into a Ravi Shankar-era Beatles sound on 'Broken Stone'. Tenderness is fleeting, however, as 'Through The Storm' propels the listener right back in to Sabbath territory and 'In My Head' continues the dark, sludgy journey. 'Sleepyhead' is a proggy lullaby, with the instrumental closer 'Celestial Spaces' making it damn hard for listeners to come down from this trip through the Stonefield stratosphere.