Track of the Day: 'Big Jet Plane'

By Stephen Cooke

Past TracksMan, jet lag is a like an unstoppable wave of tired when you've just flown between two of the furthest points imaginable on the planet, from Perth, Australia (the most remote capital city on the planet, it turns out) to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Even when you try to beat the clock by setting your watch to home town time and dropping some melatonin en route, there's an out-of-sync feeling that takes days to shake.

No song could be more appropriate for this state of mind than "Big Jet Plane" by Sydney brother-and-sister duo Angus and Julia Stone, the recent Australian Record Industry Award winner for single of the year, from ARIA's album of the year Down the Way. As mellow as an antipodean Carpenters, the pair's dreamy, drifting flow carries you along on a cloud of strings and soft harmonies, while the simple lyrics refuse to tax the brain with their message of simply getting away from it all. Trust me, when you feel as brain dead as actress Emily Barclay looks in this clip, portraying a clerk at what appears the ubiquitous Aussie bargain store chain Red Dot, a song this fluffy, and mildly hypnotic, is just the ticket.

Angus & Julia Stone - Big Jet Plane music video from The Silentlights on Vimeo.


On iTunes: Angus and Julia Stone / "Big Jet Plane"

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