10 Songs, 58 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

House music takes a sultry turn on Brooklyn-via-Vancouver duo Bob Moses' debut LP. Whether the beats and synths are placed upfront or supplying a backdrop of insistent ticks and kicks, it’s that subdued club vibe that drives the atmosphere on these 10 vocal tracks. A minor-key piano gives opener “Like It or Not” a lusciously melancholy feel, while “Tearing Me Up” shuffles along gently as a cascading guitar line augments the spare arrangement. But it's Tom Howie’s voice (especially on the melodious "Talk") that glues it all together—it's touched with icy reverb and constantly stretching for emotion and depth.

EDITORS’ NOTES

House music takes a sultry turn on Brooklyn-via-Vancouver duo Bob Moses' debut LP. Whether the beats and synths are placed upfront or supplying a backdrop of insistent ticks and kicks, it’s that subdued club vibe that drives the atmosphere on these 10 vocal tracks. A minor-key piano gives opener “Like It or Not” a lusciously melancholy feel, while “Tearing Me Up” shuffles along gently as a cascading guitar line augments the spare arrangement. But it's Tom Howie’s voice (especially on the melodious "Talk") that glues it all together—it's touched with icy reverb and constantly stretching for emotion and depth.

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About Bob Moses

Born and bred in Brooklyn, New York but with roots in Vancouver, Canada, the history of Bob Moses is as curious as the cool house music duo's name. Members Jimmy Vallance and Tom Howie knew one another from the Vancouver high school they both attended and were drawn together thanks to a shared love of pop-punk bands like Rancid and Green Day. Adulthood found them both in Brooklyn, with Vallance recording Berlin-styled techno while Howie worked in the realm of the singer/songwriter. Both felt musically stuck and hungered for something new, a problem solved by the simple union of their styles, which created something cool and decidedly "post-club." Named after the urban planner who designed the modern New York City, they became Bob Moses and joined the Scissor & Thread label in 2012 with the EP Hand to Hold. The Far from the Tree EP followed on the label in 2013, then a year later the group released the First to Cry EP on Domino. In 2015, the label gathered up all the duo's early EPs for the compilation All in All and also released their debut album, Days Gone By. ~ David Jeffries

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