11 Songs, 47 Minutes

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.

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.

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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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