Review: Rabbit Song – Boy & Bear

Boy & Bear have gone from strength to strength over the past 6 months or so, beginning with their appearance at last year’s Homebake and culminating with their support slot on Laura Marling’s UK tour earlier this year. Somehow in the middle of all of that they’ve found time to record and release a new single.

Rabbit Song is exactly what audiences have come to expect from the band: melodic folky melodies, beautiful harmonies, looping vocal and instrumental parts and a driving rhythm section. the song is reminiscent of bands like the Fleet Foxes or Midlake but has a particular style all of its own.

Dave Hosking’s distinctive voice is at times haunting but still manages to convey the beauty of the band’s lyrics. Boy & Bear’s trademarked vocal accompaniments (in this case “woos”) sit really naturally with the mix of electric and acoustic instruments. The song builds throughout culminating in a crescendo of guitars, keys vocals and drums.

It is in fact the drums that really complete the Boy & Bear sound. Tim Hart’s perfectly pitched pulsing rhythm turns the ethereal sound of the melodies into something you want to dance to without ever overpowering the mix. Add to that the sound of musicians who obviously really enjoy what they’re doing and suddenly you’ve got the kind of track that has indie and folk lovers salivating.

I’m really excited to see where Boy & Bear go with their sound in their upcoming EP release but if Rabbit Song is anything to go by it’s likely to be one of the most exciting releases of the year.

2 Comments

  1. elishaaa said,

    August 1, 2010 at 18:01

    love this song, also really love the clip…

    does anyone know the correct lyrics?
    i am wanting to put them in my studio arts folio…

  2. May 8, 2015 at 16:35

    […] To celebrate our fifth birthday this week I thought I’d re-post the first ever song we featured on Timber and Steel – “Rabbit Song” from the then on-the-rise Boy & Bear. If you want to read out 2010 review of the track check it out here […]


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