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The inner experience of human beings on the day-to-day is not one of compartmentalization. Emotions thought to never share space together--take regret and lust--do, and everything is fleeting. It's no surprise these days that we never get too settled in any particular vibe. Days Gone By is the debut LP by Canadian duo Bob Moses, following their All In All compilation released earlier in the year. Its literal lyrical content concedes to a sad fate while airy textures and post internet hangover instrumentation (mostly piano and guitars) build into some of the most relevant midtempo electronic dance production that's happening at the moment. In summary, Bob Moses is telling us that everything isn't all right, but we can still dance.

An unsettling piano keystroke crescendos to chords in the first track of Days Gone By. It's driven, minimal production that opens with the words, "Like or not, there isn't much that you can do; feeling so small, you feel it too." Atmospheric noises surround for a bit, then the kick drum comes in with a bass line, and the feel here is reflective. Textures build until the hi-hat and echoed claps round out the dance feel. 'Talk' begins with looped tribal percussion and fluttering voices and birds before lyrics come in, "Everything will only stay the same if we don't talk about it." 'Like It Or Not' and 'Talk' represent the brand of honest storytelling we find throughout Days Gone By, with the production being the leading element. While most pop dance tracks insist that everything is ok, Moses uses this space to clear the air. They get the hard conversations out of the way, and with the help of well-phrased composition, get us back on our dancing feet.

Something I struggled with throughout the album is the disconnect between the relevant sound of the production and the soberness of the songwriting. Bob Moses seems committed to a standard verse chorus mix of vocals which at times doesn't live up to the mood of the composition. Picture a song produced by Thom Yorke that features Adam Levine on vocals. The dissonance is strong, with the lyrics sometimes coming across as an afterthought, and most of the hooks aren't very strong. I honestly felt silly singing along to the chorus of 'Keeping Me Alive', but the more you listen to a track the more you surrender your initial expectations of what you wanted it to be and you hear the truth in the song as the person writing it had intended. I guess it kind of just 'grows on you'. While there are elements to Days Gone By that still don't sit right, the album is an honest exploration of moods, and Bob Moses' unique combination of dance movement and introspective songcraft engages.

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