New Music Heaven : Bob Moses

October 21, 2018
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On their full-length debut Days Gone By, Vancouver-bred duo Bob Moses built off the moody and nuanced sound they’d first honed in the dance-music underground, instilling their emotionally layered electronic pop with a raw vitality and lyrical depth. The 2015 album featured breakout single “Tearing Me Up,” a top 15 hit on US Alternative radio that landed two Grammy Award nominations (with a RAC-produced remix winning Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical). After spending much of the past three years touring the world, Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance push their sound even further on their sophomore effort Battle Lines—a dynamic yet delicately textured album that finds Bob Moses fully embracing their most inventive instincts while imbuing their lyrics with a deeper meaning and message.

“In a couple of years we went from playing warehouses at 4 a.m. to playing raves to playing rock venues with a drummer,” says Vallance. In that rapid evolution, as they expanded their focus beyond creating music solely for the club, Bob Moses also began expanding their sonic palette and adopting a more outward-looking perspective. To that end, Battle Lines confronts themes of conflict and disconnection, on an intimate but utterly universal level. “This record is about the battles and struggles we all live through,” Bob Moses state. “Battles within ourselves, battles with and within our society, battles between each other, with our loved ones, battles between ideologies.”

The joyfully defiant single “Back Down” began with a kinetic guitar riff stumbled upon during sound check, then evolved into what Howie describes as a “confused protest song, a song that comes from feeling a sense of loss about where we are as a society.”

"Back Down" is this week's New Music Heaven track on 94/7, which means you'll hear it all week long, and you can share your feedback by texting HOT or NOT to 44624. Plus, get a free download of the song in your Nation email thanks to Burgerville!