11 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

These Sydneysiders strike a chord—and a five-part harmony to stop you in your tracks—on their 2011 debut album. There’s a dash of Mumford & Sons on brisk stompers like “Golden Jubilee” and a hint of Fleet Foxes in melancholy moments such as the autumnal “Big Man”. Frontman Dave Hosking has a real knack for capturing nostalgia in his lyrics (on “Part Time Believer” he recalls learning to play Rolling Stones songs as a kid) and a heartbreaking voice that’s husky at the edges.

EDITORS’ NOTES

These Sydneysiders strike a chord—and a five-part harmony to stop you in your tracks—on their 2011 debut album. There’s a dash of Mumford & Sons on brisk stompers like “Golden Jubilee” and a hint of Fleet Foxes in melancholy moments such as the autumnal “Big Man”. Frontman Dave Hosking has a real knack for capturing nostalgia in his lyrics (on “Part Time Believer” he recalls learning to play Rolling Stones songs as a kid) and a heartbreaking voice that’s husky at the edges.

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About Boy & Bear

Formed in 2009 as a solo vehicle for Sydney-based singer/songwriter Dave Hosking, Boy & Bear specializes in evocative and heartfelt indie folk-rock in the vein of contemporaries like Fleet Foxes, Bombay Bicycle Club, and Mumford & Sons. Rounded out by guitarist Killian Gavin, bass player Dave Symes, and brothers Tim (drums) and Jon Hart (mandolin, keyboards), the Aussie quintet inked a record deal with Island Records on the strength of its independently released first single, "Mexican Mavis." The group's debut EP, With Emperor Antarctica, dropped in early 2010, followed in 2011 by Boy & Bear's debut long-player, Moonfire, which went platinum in their native Australia. The band's sophomore outing, 2013's Harlequin Dream, would go gold. Their next album was captured, as much as possible, live in the studio direct to tape with producer Ethan Johns (Paul McCartney, the Vaccines), and represented a shift into synth-aided guitar pop. Limit of Love arrived in October 2015. ~ James Christopher Monger

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