Sometimes, less really is more.
Despite the name, Bob Moses is actually a duo, comprised of Jimmy Vallance and Tom Howie. They come from Vancouver, but the inception of their musical project began in New York. Having already graced us with a few EPs since 2012 (check out 'Far From the Tree' and 'Hands to Hold'), the duo is currently working on another release, tiltled 'The First to Cry', which will be out on Domino Records.
Their sound is as abyssal as it can get without becoming experimental, drone or ambient; this is pure house music on the verge of techno and minimalism, but simultaneously being able to escape all of the clichés of those genres. The sparseness in the musical structure of Bob Moses' songs is a proof that space, silence and emptiness are as important as the beats, pads and synths. Recalling us the works of artists like Dauwd, John Roberts or Mark E, the duo becomes more imediate thanks to their use of vocals.
The song that brought Bob Moses to our attention (we wish it could have been sooner...) was their new single, 'I Ain't Gonna Be the First to Cry', a wonderful rendition of American blues singer Bobby Bland's original song. There are acoustic cries all over the deep pulses and guitar basslines that crawl under our skin, but the result is as grimm as it is magnificent. The lyrics are sung with an insidious detachment that trully suits the track's core, while the bleak atmosphere suggests a tense confrontation with one's inner desires, hopes and actions.
Be sure to listen to the song and show Bob Moses your love.
Bob Moses - Official website | Facebook | Soundcloud
Domino Records - Official website | Facebook | Soundcloud