Allen Stone – Upside

Allen Stone radiates charm and warmth, while his voice drips with soul. Incorporating funk, R&B and pop, Stone has flavors of Justin Timberlake, James Bay and Fitz & The Tantrums in his sanguine sound.

The Washington native recently released his third album (and major label debut), Radius, via Capitol Records. The rollicking single “Upside” sings of the push and pull, and twists and turns love takes, and trying to hold on for the ride. Sings Stone, “And I forget the pain it caused / It’s better to have loved and lost.”

Stone dives deep on Radius, singing about depression, heartbreak and preserving music’s craft and artistry in face of a growing dependence on technology: “The radius is that line extending from the center of the circle to its exterior,” says Stone, “and in a lot of ways this album is about getting out things deep inside—whether it’s love or insecurity or joy or frustration about things going on today.”

Stone plays Austin’s Central Presbyterian Church this Saturday, June 13th. Quite fitting considering Stone spent much of his upbringing in church, as his father was a minister.

Radius is out now, get it here.

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