Local indie-folk stalwarts Boy & Bear have today shared details of their new album At Golden Retriever Studio, featuring songs from the band's back catalogue re-recorded on acoustic instruments.
Tracked recently in Sydney with Simon Berkelman at the titular Golden Retriever studio, the record is set to feature nine songs, including cuts from last year's Suck On Light and a brand new song called '3 Moons'. The band discussed their motives behind the release in a statement today, saying that many of the renditions stem from versions performed when doing radio promos in the United States.
“When we tour the USA we often get asked to perform our songs acoustically when we are on the radio. This usually involves acoustic guitars, tambourines and a toy keyboard, with the 5 of us jammed into a small studio. It gave us the idea to record a selection of acoustic tracks and present them as an album.”
Boy & Bear have shared a newly recorded version of 'Bad People' to accompany today's announcement, with frontman Dave Hosking describing the recording process and how it invigorated the new rendition. “The sessions brought an honest and intimate mood to the songs and was a great experience for us. This song was super fun to record stripped back. It took on a whole new life and feel which was refreshing. In a nice way, it loses the shimmer of the full production but gains a pleasant nostalgia and hopefully draws the listener in even more so to the story behind it. “
Boy & Bear's new album At Golden Retriever Studio is out on Friday July 24 via Island Records.