Harlequin Dream

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Harlequin Dream
Studio album by
Released16 August 2013 (Australia)
29 October 2013 (US)[1]
RecordedOctober 2012–2013;[2]
Alberts Studio (Neutral Bay, Sydney, Australia)
GenreIndie rock, indie folk, Indie pop
LabelUniversal (Island Records Australia)
ProducerWayne Connolly
Boy & Bear chronology
Harlequin Dream
Limit of Love
Singles from Harlequin Dream
  1. "Southern Sun"
    Released: 3 June 2013
  2. "Three Headed Woman"
    Released: 7 August 2013[1]
  3. "Harlequin Dream"
    Released: 17 December 2013

Harlequin Dream is the second studio album by the Australian indie rock band Boy & Bear. It was released on 16 August 2013 by Island Records in Australia[3] and reached #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart in its debut week.[4] The lead single is the first track, "Southern Sun";[3] second single "Three Headed Woman" was released in August just prior to the album.[5]

A collector's edition of the album featuring vinyl and CD copies of the album as well as a lyric booklet, artwork print and "one-of-a-kind Polaroid photo of the band" was also released alongside the standard edition.[3]

Within weeks of finishing work on their debut, the band was bitten by a fresh creative bug. Recording in their home town of Sydney rather than abroad, keeping things local allowed the band to be close to friends and family. As a result, the album reflects the personalities and experiences of the band.

The band embarked on the 16 Days Under a Southern Sun tour in October and November 2013.[5]

At the J Awards of 2013, the album was nominated for Australian Album of the Year.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Boy & Bear.

1."Southern Sun"4:40
2."Old Town Blues"3:23
3."Harlequin Dream"4:20
4."Three Headed Woman"4:02
6."A Moment's Grace"4:52
7."End of the Line"3:46
8."Back Down the Black"6:17
9."Real Estate"2:57
11."Arrow Flight"4:21
Total length:47:40


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2013–14) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[7] 1
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[8] 80

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Position
Australian Albums Chart[9] 57
Australian Artist Albums Chart[10] 14
Chart (2014) Position
Australian Albums Chart[11] 92


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[12] Platinum 70,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ a b "Boy & Bear - Three Headed Woman (Audio)". Boy & Bear on YouTube. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  2. ^ "STACK .: Music Feature - Harlequin Dreamers". STACK Magazine. Scribal Custom. Archived from the original on 17 September 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "Boy & Bear – BOY & BEAR HIT THE ROAD FOR 16 DAYS UNDER A SOUTHERN SUN". Boy & Bear. Archived from the original on 18 July 2015. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  4. ^ "australian-charts.com - Boy & Bear - Harlequin Dream". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Single Stream: Boy & Bear - "Three Headed Woman" (2013)". The AU Review. Heath Media. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  6. ^ "The J Award 2013". Triple J. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
  7. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Boy & Bear – Harlequin Dream". Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Boy & Bear – Harlequin Dream" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  9. ^ "ARIA Top 100 Albums 2013". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  10. ^ "ARIA Top 50 Australian Artists Albums 2013". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  11. ^ "End of Year Charts – ARIA Top 100 Albums 2014". ARIA Charts. Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  12. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2016 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on 10 August 2020. Retrieved 20 April 2018.