[ALBUM REVIEW] Bob Moses: First To Cry
Serving a sensual dose of intimate deephouse-leaning blues, these Canadian-born young bucks don't have a problem opening up on relationships for their newest EP First To Cry. Although their specific brand of organic electro may be a new niche in the catalog for most, these now-Brooklyn-based fellows' recognition of musical talent is well overdue on an international scale.
Growing up in Vancouver, Jimmy Vallance and Tom Howie brushed elbows in their high school art class. At the time, Howie was singing for a band while independently distributing copied CD’s and Vallance was holding a residency as a DJ spinning trance. The duo’s paths eventually crossed in a New York parking lot when their likeminded interest in music sparked a friendship. A bit of serendipity to prompt the inception of fruitful collaboration (I wish John Cusack didn’t ruin that word). Whatever it was that brought them together, the end result is fresh, and their newest EP is a matured step for a group that is sure to stick around.
“Grace” is a wonderfully minimal house tune, complete with sizzling beats, thumpy, highend kicks and crispy claps. It’s a gradual but rewarding progression that does well to set the body in motion. What makes this sound unique are the welcomed cameos of a slick guitar and frontman Tom Howies’ calm yet seductive words asking, “Why would you say I am the one you want?”. While his collected delivery conveys the position of abused trust – it’s something that has been dealt with – but a weight still lugged around is sternly dumped into the track. Just as every moving piece builds to work not only around one another but as a cohesive unit, it dissipates, not unlike those relationships you saw no end to. On the opener “I Ain’t Gonna Be the First to Cry” a pulsing machine hovers above a slow 4/4 beat and a funk-heavy guitar is our chaperone on the burning timeline of growing past a lost love. While production head Vallance greases the churning percussive engine, Howie confesses "It’s just a matter of time, and time is all I’ve got since you went away.” Well buddy, if this is how you’re filling your newfound free time I’d say you’re better off without her.
While a few scattered dates in the US raised brows earlier this year, the recent signing to Domino Records should provide a nod of credibility in their direction. Those in the San Francisco area can catch them providing dancefloor goosebumps alongside AlunaGeorge this Halloween at 1015 Folsom.