Catching up from the weekend, we revisit some of our favorite artists and albums of 2013. One per day, randomly posted, til the new year.
Harlequin Dream from Australian folk/rockers Boy and Bear is the #1-charting album and follow up to their critically acclaimed debut Moonfire, a longplayer we described as "a confident, brilliant album of uncommon depth" and the winner of five Aria awards Down Under including Album of the Year. Mustachioed founder and frontman Dave Hosking says Boy and Bear's new songs draw heavily on vintage 70's radio staples -- more poppy electric, less folkie acoustic -- and lead single "Southern Sun" is a bracing shot of Dire Straits-styled sinewy guitar licks and a bouncy Fleetwood Mac rhythmic kick. Latest track "Three Headed Woman" -- note: guitar solo! -- proves that yes, they do actually make 'em like they used to. "There's something really magical in their songs," says Hosking of his heroes like The Mac, Bruce Springsteen and Paul Simon. "Hopefully something rubbed off." No doubt.
Boy and Bear - "Three Headed Woman" (from Harlequin Dream)
Boy and Bear - "Southern Sun" (from Harlequin Dream)