Boy and Bear - Moonfire

Boy and Bear - Australian neo-traditionalist folk-rockers have drawn comparison to Mumford and Sons and Fleet Foxes for their buskery, vocal-harmonied jaunts of rootsy jangle and strum...on our RADAR last year with their debut EP With Emperor Antarctica, the Sydney-based band, founded by frontman Dave Hoskings and blessed with four gifted songwriters, have delivered in full with this exceptional full-length // Release: Moonfire (Just out digitally, Universal; CD: TBA) // Sounds like: the acoustic charms of the Emperor EP are in full array but producer by Joe Chicarrelli (Strokes, My Morning Jacket) has opened up a more expansive depth to the band's sound in the studio...a confident, brilliant album of uncommon depth and a certain DC Top 10 contender for the year...

Quote: “There’s a sense of menace – danger almost – in their music: driving, urgent rhythms, snaking melodies and harmonies that are smoke, not sugar. On stage, in full flight, they’re breathtaking, somehow haunting and euphoric at the same time”. – Dan Lander, Rolling Stone // What we like: the sound may be dramatically fleshed out thanks to the subtle weightiness of Chicarelli's production, but the starkly drawn, raw urgency of the songs remains clearly in focus...the anthemic "Lordy May" and Coldplayish lead single "Feeding Line" are like a one-two punch to kickstart Moonfire and there's no looking back...the slower acoustic respites ("My Only One", "House and Farm") bring a thoughtful lull to the pace while the six-minute dark drama "Beach", with celestial, arena-sized guitar riffs in tow, elevates to an impressive crescendo...

Boy and Bear - "Feeding Line" (from Moonfire)

Boy and Bear - "Lordy May" (from Moonfire)