Tim Hart (not to be confused with the late frontman of Steeleye Span) was the drummer of award-winning Australian indie folk-rock quintet Boy & Bear. After he brought his song "Stride by Stride" along to a Boy & Bear recording session, the band's frontman, Dave Hosking, encouraged him to write more and to record an album of his own. Hart wrote the songs for his debut solo effort, Milling the Wind, over the course of a year while Boy & Bear toured in support of their breakthrough debut album, Moonfire. When the band took a fortnight's hiatus for guitarist Killian Gavin's wedding, Hart headed north to Cairns to record with his friend Mark Myers, formerly of The Middle East. The album was recorded over the two-week period in Myers' home studio and features several of his erstwhile bandmates, as well as guest appearances by most of Hart's Boy & Bear colleagues. Inspired by Hart's love of reading, especially English novelists such as William Boyd and Graham Greene, and folk music giants like Bob Dylan, Nick Drake, Neil Young, and Simon & Garfunkel, the acoustic-based album's story-songs have a pared-down, in-your-face production that gives them a raw immediacy. ~ John D. Buchanan
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