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Editors’ Notes

Reaching back to the days when artists like Al Stewart (“Year of the Cat”) and Fleetwood Mac (mid-‘70s version) floated from every other car radio alongside Eric Clapton, Harlequin Dream embraces the breezy, easy rock soundtrack to what were actually fairly fast-changing, crazy times. Boy & Bear nail the golden, summery rock of these artists (and especially The Mac) on the opening salvo, “Southern Sun,” with its warm electric piano and wistful guitars. Singer David Hosking’s own dusky, pleasing tones are as comforting as a loon call. The title track moves with wonderful propulsion and energy, and “Bridges” has a brawny willowiness that gets the self-confessed drunken narrator’s point across easily. The beautiful, twinkling guitar and pining melody of “A Moment’s Grace” is sweetly haunting, and the rich, Tom Petty–esque slow rocker “Stranger” makes for great windows-down driving music.

Customer Reviews


I'm a big fan of this band having found them at SXSW a few years ago. The previous record, Moonfire, is Thunder Folk perfection. Harlequin Dream takes Dave and the boys in slightly more ethereal direction. It is dream like and is one of the few records where the cover art lives up to the music on the disc. Oh, Yes, I spent the big bucks to buy the import version from Australia on release day! Boy and Bear is still a mostly undiscovered band in America having played just a few shows and with very limited radio play (WTMD in Baltimore added Feeding Line from Moonfire and had them in the studio). This is a band that deserves your attention because, while everyone is jumping up and down for the Avetts and Mumford, Boy and Bear deliver lyrics and stories at a more personal level where Frontman Dave Hoskins vocals really shine.

Remember, this is a band whose last record, Moonfire, won multiple ARIAs, Australia's Grammys, and Harlequin Dream debuted at #1 down under beating out Pink. Hopefully, Boy and Bear will bring a more organized tour and promotion strategy to the US because America deserves to embrace this band more fully and experience their perfectly crafted music. You'll find this record deeply emotional and highly addictive.

Love It !

First time hearing this band. Love, love them. Southern Sun is the best song that I've heard in a long time. Love his voice!

Crushed it!

They did it again. Get to the states immediately. Philly is lovely in the fall.


Genre: Alternative

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 their independently released first single "Mexican Mavis." The...
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