It is easy to see Bob Moses in the Domino family alongside artists like Four Tet, Hot Chip and Jon Hopkins after listening to Days Gone By. Having signed to the UK’s IDM label, Domino Recording Company last year, Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance’s Bob Moses project has forged a reputation as an act that captivates its audience by pushing quality music.
Laying down the blueprint for their future output with their first two EPs on Frank & Tony’s Scissors and Thread label, Bob Moses manages to incorporate lyrics with an emotive undertone, blanketing the bevy of snapping chords and sedative deep house rhythms. Having seen them perform live at Let Them Eat Cake in January this year, it’s safe to say I was hooked and eagerly waiting for this – their debut album – to finally drop.
Creating a considered 10-track parcel that encapsulates their past productions, Bob Moses introduce Days Gone By with ‘Like It Or Not.’ It’s a track that drips with melancholy as Howie’s ominous lyrics reverberate and get swallowed up by the brooding low-tones. Bob Moses move smoothly and deliberately to and from a borderland of dreams; ‘Talk’ is concealed with personal reflections and is the first single lifted from the record. It manages to capture a rather heavy subject and make it seem upbeat and light, with their sombre vocals, mixes of indie rock and electronic influences. It’s through this combination where Bob Moses proves their relationship with Domino to be the most logical of alliances.
Intricately composed, the Canadian-natives cradle the unconventional and it’s moments of instrumentals where Bob Moses’ true diversity shines through. By the time the lyrics are introduced in ‘Tearing Me Up’, the duo have already established an intriguing mixture of chugging bass lines and shrilling guitar licks that ricochets off Howie’s vocals. Tracks like these and ‘Writing On The Wall’ have a hint of nostalgia that ring out. As a slow ballad, ‘Writing On The Wall’ comes as natural to Bob Moses as their upbeat tracks. Howie and Vallance draw out smouldering refrains laced with dream-like chords that are perfect for the electro-pop scene with its simple rhymes and composition.
Ending with one of the funkier cuts on the record, ‘Touch and Go’ shows off their ability to seamlessly move from percussion heavy breakdowns to ventures into pop. It’s the job of synths and thumping percussion, juxtaposed with the soft strumming of guitar that builds up the final track, making it more dance-friendly in comparison to the rest Days Gone By.
Rooted deep in electro-pop, Bob Moses has constructed a debut album that has definitely impressed. Adorned with big chords and hypnotising vocals Days Gone By is an album of dancefloor grooves and easy listening.
Days Gone By will be released on the 18th of September via Domino Recording Company.