Boy and Bear – Moonfire Album Review


Winning an Aria award, let alone five, is a pretty good indication you have produced a cracking album with lots of good tracks.

Boy and Bear’s album Moonfire deserves its praise, as the Sydney five-piece have put together a solid debut full length album to follow up from their EP With Emperor Antarctica.

The band describes their sound as ‘a combination of drivey indie folk andchoral harmonies’, a somewhat broad term, that is reflected in the different musical styles present in Moonfire.

Songs The Feeding Line, Milk and Sticks, and Golden Jubilee (my favourite from the album) providing solid baselines with up tempo beats that really get the crowd going if you are lucky enough to see them live. However, they also have the slower more poignant harmonies such as Beach and Big Man. Big Man in particular seems to offer a rather interesting view on arrogance – just a sidenote. The most diverse track, and freely admitted by the band in interviews and on stage, is The Village, in which in the drum kit is dropped for bongos and egg shakers come out, for a short, random, but enjoyable number.

Overall this was a solid album and well worth the $20 bucks in the shop, having done countless rotations in my cars CD player (Yeah I’m one of the few without an iTrip). Having seen them at Enmore earlier this year, I also suggest you take the opportunity to catch them live, either at the BDO, or on their next tour as the boys put on a pretty good show.

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  1. [...] So if you have seen my Top 20 Aussie Songs of 2011 article, you would know that Boy and Bear rated highly. The very fact that they won 5 ARIA awards, would suggest they would appear somewhere, and they have at number 1. I doubt this raises any eyebrows, as the band has produced a cracking debut full length album in Moonfire that had satisfied the critics, the fans and me. The album has everything from folk ballads, eloquent melodies to the more upbeat rockier numbers like Golden Jubilee. I won’t go on too much more as you can check out album my reviewhere. [...]

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