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Discover & Download - Bob Moses

July 30, 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.”

 

Formed in New York and based in L.A., Bob Moses recorded Battle Lines in a studio-equipped home in Laurel Canyon, but shaped much of the album while out on the road. “The live show’s been kind of a testing ground for us”, says Howie. “It’s added a lot to the process to have that connection to the real world.”  He describes Back Down as a “confused protest song., a song that comes from feeling a sense of loss about where we are as a society.”

As their most elaborately realized work to date, Battle Lines strikes a graceful balance between its heavy grooves, hypnotic melodies, and lucid yet penetrating lyrics. The result is an album that often feels escapist but endlessly invites self-examination, revealing the duo’s commitment to creating music with a powerful impact for both audience and artist. “In a way this album is dealing with a lot of the same inner confusions we faced on the first record, but now we’re looking more closely at how they’re reflected in the outer world,” Howie says. “It’s given us a new understanding of ourselves, and hopefully it’ll bring some sense of connection to the people listening as well."