Indie-folk band Boy & Bear’s music might have evolved and expanded significantly throughout their four full-length albums, but at their core lie traces of rock, soul, and folk of decades past. The Sydney group compiled this playlist to shed light on the music that inspired their own—and each band member told Apple Music about the song that means the most to them.
Dave Hosking: Nick Drake, “Pink Moon” “I’ve always loved this song. I find his vocal approach so soothing, so held back and pensive, and his guitar work was always very unique with unusual tunings, often tuned down with old strings. The combination of it all just hits me in the right spots and has definitely influenced my approach to music.”
Killian Gavin: Murry Hammond, “Wreck of the 97” “The production of this song is just fantastic. The playing and melody are just flawless. I've always been taken by the warmth he achieved in this record and always found myself returning to this song in particular.”
Tim Hart: Peter Gabriel, “In Your Eyes” “I first heard this track when I was traveling around Europe and I was completely mesmerized by the songwriting and production. I feel like if you want to know how to write a really great pop song with longevity, Peter Gabriel is your man. I still love this song as much as I did the day I first heard it.”
David Symes: Sly & The Family Stone, “In Time” “When I was a teenager, I was gifted a box of mixtapes by my friend Chloe. These tapes changed my life! One of the albums was Fresh by Sly & The Family Stone. I love this album from top to bottom, and ‘In Time’ is one of those tracks that gets under your skin. It’s soulful, funky, the energy is raw and on the edge melodically and rhythmically, and the sounds are pure early 1970s gold!”
Jon Hart: Here We Go Magic, “Alone But Moving” “The drum sound at the start of the song is captivating and a little unusual, and the vocal phrasing and tone is quite idiosyncratic. I dig how it’s hypnotic but continually evolving. I think it would have been cool to be a fly on the wall to see how this song was pieced together in the studio. It sounds pretty effortless, but I think some genius was involved in making it feel that way.”