There is no such person as Bob Moses: the name instead represents the pairing of Jimmy Vallance and Tom Howie. Days Gone By is their first full-length record, and it makes a strong start. Mixing full-on club-grade house / techno electronic rhythms with male pop vocals, the stuff sounds good. Silver vinyl copies available only through independent stores!
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5/10 Clinton Staff review, 22 September 2015
It’s hard to see what the point is in Bob Moses, particularly as Junior Boys have already been invented. They make slick, danceable melancholy pop with high production values. Opener ‘Like It Or Not’ takes its time, over silvery beats and a nice Radiohead-like piano motif whilst whispered vocals implore that “we’ve got to keep pushing through”. Maybe I should go running to this.
Weirdly there’s not that much difference between this and the Darkstar album. Problem is, once you’ve heard one track, you’ve kind of heard the lot. ‘Talk’ is very similar in design: same vocal, same pace, just lacking the haunting piano motif. ‘Before I Fall’ raises the pace slightly with a smooth yacht rock guitar but there’s something about these monochrome vocals that just shouts samey-ness. They lack character I guess, and though they are adept at constructing their electronics, too many tracks are too limp.
They sit in a funny hollow between melancholic the Blue Nile-like electronics and upbeat Hot Chip fun and I can’t decide which direction would suit them best but as it is this just kind of drifts pleasantly over your head.
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