With a brilliantly evocative new album titled Battle Lines in tow, Bob Moses have brought their latest era to cities across North America this fall. Their Battle Lines Tour is set to wrap after one final show November 16 in Los Angeles, following months of international touring. “Back Down,” a breakaway hit from the new LP, has quickly become a streaming and crowd favorite–and the genre blending duo were kind enough to premiere the song’s official music video here at Dancing Astronaut.
The music video is an intimate glimpse into the Bob Moses tour experience, with various black-and-white scenes from the road contrasting beautifully with the bright red-orange lights of the stage. Behind-the-scenes footage ranging from hotel room jams to views from the tour bus are sprinkled between shots of Bob Moses tearing through a spirited live performance. Almost imperceptibly, black and white and full color shots converge on the stage for the track’s climax. The duo gave some insight into the music video’s documentary-esque origins:
“We spent a while thinking about what we wanted the ‘Back Down’ video to be. We wanted to be in it which inevitably ended up meaning that the video came to us. It’s a few days in our lives so that means on the road, in the bus, and onstage. No middle of the night truck stops made the final cut. It was filmed at the very beginning of our most recent US tour so they caught us performing the song for our very first times. We got to shoot some of this in our hometown of Vancouver too which was special.”
At it’s best, dance music has championed the misfits, and been a home for the one-of-a-kinds. When this happens, a club can become a safe haven and temple for anyone willing to embrace others as they embrace themselves. But what happens when it isn’t the outside world that can’t contain an idea, but the club itself? The answer, it seems, is Bob Moses. Originally honed in New York’s effervescent music world, the now LA-based duo were warehouse warriors with a destiny that sets them apart from every indie rock act and dance DJ in rotation. The brainchild of an Ultra Records trance savant and a rock band bassist, Bob Moses has aspirations beyond every pre-made path; the weepy indie scene needs more kick drum, and the fist pumping dance hoards need to be subject to more songwriting with soul. It’s from this thrilling, precarious position that the duo deliver their second full-length studio effort, Battle Lines.
The album begins with a bang, as the towering vocal harmonies of “Heaven Only Knows” leads to a thundering four-to-the-floor romp. Despite grungy guitar work woven throughout the track, the song has an undeniable royalty to it that belies the track’s tellingly conflicted lyrics. As the LP flows forward, it’s clear the group is presenting their unique tastes, and nothing else. It’s a lucky thing; the compositions range from the shimmering cool of album’s title track to the rattling thrum of “The Only Thing We Know.” It doesn’t take long to realize this latest incarnation of Bob Moses has shed another layer of dance floor disco. In its place is an extra pour of smoke and fuzz that brings the duo deeper into indie rock territory than ever before — at least in terms of texture and instrumentation.
Beneath the surface is a group feeling freed to try on every song structure and arrangement inspiration that grasps their interest. The record’s final complexion reveals a lot about what the studio sessions were probably like. Guitar lines and echoing piano power Oasis-esque sensibilities on “Selling Me Sympathy,” while “Nothing But You” drenches Maroon 5 pop stylings in saturation and warmth. Dig deeper, and there are those uniquely effortless dance roots that put the group’s scene-straddling abilities in the spotlight. “Listen to Me” and “Enough to Believe” are atmospheric deep house in indie rock clothing, and “Heaven Only Knows” possesses a gritty stomp that would sound right at home on a more recent Justice record. In less capable hands, the collection of ideas would border on chaos. Ever the masters at toeing the genre line, Bob Moses cover the entire project in two bulletproof ingredients – sonic cohesion, and a supreme confidence and command of musical elements that come from the natural maturation of an artistic journey. The various inspirations push and pull the listener back and forth, but the space Bob Moses’s music lives in remains the same. The feat is duplicated in rich, bittersweet, and conflicted lyrics. They speak of loss, doubt, remorse and ultimately resolution — consider, “Back Down” begins with the phrase “Caught in the tide of our own divide.” If Battle Lines represents a group with a foot in multiple worlds, Bob Moses should hopefully aim to ride that tide right into whatever fascinating canvas of expression they draw up next.
Bob Moses have released a dreamy sonic landscape called “Enough To Believe,” coming as the latest single from their upcoming Battle Lines LP. The Canadian indie electronic duo have crafted a sound combining smokey rock attitude, soundtrack-worthy ambiance, and subtle dance floor sensibility. The style has earned them slots at major festivals from Coachella to Glastonbury, and “Enough To Believe” will certainly join their rare catalogue of records that can appeal to both indie rock and dance music crowds.
The downtempo meditation is a cloud of soft strings and glittering bells, with a deep kick keeping four-to-the-floor pace. The track wanders minimalist territory at points, but waves of echoes and ambient swells flood in quickly to fill the space. Gorgeous vocals and rattling percussion complete the single, which teases an engaging and fully matured vision from the duo coming on their sophomore LP. Bob Moses will head out on a 30-date North American tour this fall to support Battle Lines‘ September 14 release, so grab those tickets fast to get even deeper in the feels.
Canadian indie electronic duo commonly mis-referred-to as a singular entity, Bob Moses, has announced they have another album, Battle Lines in arsenal — set for release Sept. 14. This will be the Grammy-nominated “Tearing Me Up” remixers’ second album on Domino Recording, following 2015’s Days Gone By, which housed their smash success, “Tearing Me Up,” and their compilation album, All In All of the same year.
The announcement comes with an atmospheric, but steadfast new track, “Back Down,” and flame-laden, accompanying video. This is the second puzzle piece BM has shared from the forthcoming album, the first of which was “Heaven Only Knows,” a much shadowier, percussion-heavy offering.
Battle Lines track list:
1. Heaven Only Knows
2. Battle Lines
3. Back Down
4. Eye For An Eye
5. The Only Thing We Know
6. Nothing But You
7. Enough To Believe
8. Listen To Me
9. Selling Me Sympathy
10. Don’t Hold Back
11. Fallen From Your Arms
Holy Ship! is notorious for selling out in a matter of minutes, and the Norwegian Cruise Lines’ ship turned floating EDM festival is set to do the same with the unveiling of the 2019 lineup.
The two-weekend festival is set to take place with a four night sailing January 5-9, 2019 for the festival’s 12th sailing. It is immediately followed by the three night trip January 9-12, 2019 for its 13th rendition.
Each of the Holy Ship! 2019 sailings will depart from Port Canaveral and chart a course to the Bahamas, with official pre-parties to be scheduled. The itinerary for 12.0 includes two days at Great Stirrup Cay, giving attendees two chances to experience the famed private island parties, followed by a day at sea, before heading home. 13.0 will feature a full day of sailing upon the open seas and a day long party stop at Great Stirrup Cay before heading home.
Vancouver-bred emotive dance auteurs, Tom Howie and Jimmy Valance, better known as Bob Moses, made waves with their debut album, Days Gone By.
Considering the LP’s accessibility, blurring of genres, and the worldwide hit “Tearing Me Up,” it seemed like Days Gone By was next to impossible to one-up. Many were left wondering where the two possibly could go from there.
This seemed like the peak of accessible post-club music, but now Bob Moses is back off their two-year hiatus, and their latest tune is an incendiary slow-burner. The boys kept the coals hot and”Heaven Only Knows” has just re-ignited the flame.
In terms of craft, “Heaven Only Knows” possesses the same mellowness fans have come to love over the years. Cooing vocals are met with brooding, effervescent synths, but this time, they deviate from the formula more than ever before. The track erupts a little past the midway point into an unopposing club-friendly hitter.
Fortunately for fans, it seems “Heaven Only Knows” is just the beginning of what the duo has in store. The track coincides with a full tour announce of which they’ve said they’re taking”loads of new music” on. While a new album is yet to be announced, it might just be what the boys have planned.
Tickets to the North American tour, which are on sale beginning June 8, and more information can be found here.
Costa Rica’s rising tropical festival, Envision, is just weeks away. In its eighth year, the festival continues its mission to awaken human potential with art, spirituality, yoga, music, dance, performance, education, sustainability and fundamental connection with nature.
From Feb. 21-25, thousands will flock to Uvita to experience a stellar lineup of music, which has been announced in full. In addition to headliners Xavier Rudd, Bob Moses, DJ Tennis and more who were announced in August, Envision has revealed the addition of acts like TroyBoi and The Russ Liquid Test to the lineup.
“We really wanted to bring in best in breed artists from every corner of the globe,” says festival co-founder and music director Josh Wendel. “But we also wanted to create a platform for some of the best emerging talent in Costa Rica and its neighbors. In addition to being our most intentional lineup yet, the artists we’ve got coming for Envision 2018 are both world famous and driven to achieve the same impact we want to make in the world. Through language and culture we’re united by the dream we share, and that just makes the experience of coming together on the same dancefloor so much more special.”
Though Envision 2018 is already 70 percent sold out, four-day general admission tickets can still be purchased here.
With four different stages and a lineup that spans across all music tastes, the festival is an internationally acclaimed event that aims to draw in music lovers of all genres. Aside from the music, attendees will also have the opportunity to enjoy world-class yoga classes and workshops led by astrologers, activists and more.
Tickets to the festival are on sale now and start at around $300. Learn more at the festival’s website, envisionfestival.com.