Bob Moses will release, what they describe “as a concept record for the club.” The album contains six continuously mixed tracks. Desire is due out on August 28, via Domino Records. Desire is “all about the positives and pitfalls of humanity’s driving wants, especially in these technology-driven times.” The lead-track, is a collaboration with electronic musician ZHU.
After making their second album 2018’s Battle Lines, which focused on a tighter, more traditional song structure and touring that around the world in their full band format, Bob Moses set off on a European club tour as their original two piece setup, which served as an inspiration for their next musical offering. “It was great being back in that environment and feeling the communal energy,” Vallance says. Feeling inspired, studio time was booked while still on tour. “We wanted to make something that was continuously mixed, something that would take the listener on a journey and replicate that feeling we try to create when we’re playing our sets in a club,” says Howie.
As the ideas coalesced, they realized there was a thematic through line: desire, and the ways it presents itself in our current world. “Desire can become quite destructive if you’re not self-aware. With this record, we’re trying to be self-aware by looking at our own desires and reckoning with them,” says Vallance. “Stories about desire are timeless: Icarus flying too close to the sun and ending up falling to his death…that idea inspired the falling man on the album cover. That symbolized to us how desire can lead to a downfall.”
Howie adds, “We’ve appreciated the worlds created in concept records from bands like Pink Floyd and Nine Inch Nails. We thought it would be interesting to combine that kind of songwriting with the flow of modern electronic music.”
“Love We Found”
“Desire” with Zhu
“Hold Me Up”
Bob Moses has been staying connected with fans through a weekly livestreamed DJ set on YouTube, dubbed the “Bobcast.” To celebrate the launch of Desire, Bob Moses will play a B2B set with Blacklizt (a project by ZHU) as part of Insomniac’s Factory 93 “Secret Project Livestream”. Tune in tomorrow, Friday, July 17 at 4pm PT / 7pm ET http://tv.insomniac.com/
Desire is available to pre-order now on limited edition black and clear smoke 12″ vinyl from Domino Records