New Audio: Roosevelt Releases an Infectious Club Friendly Banger

Marius Lauber is a Viersen, Germany-born, Cologne, Germany-based singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and creative mastermind behind the acclaimed solo recording project Roosevelt. Lauber exploded into the international scene with the release of “Elliot,” the title track off his debut EP, 2013’s Elliot: “Elliot” received praise from Pitchfork, who named the track one of their “Best New Tracks” that year.

2015’s double A-side single “Night Moves”/”Hold On,” helped the German artist further establish a warm, synth-based Euro-disco sound. Lauber’s 2016 self-titled, Roosevelt debut featured attention grabbing tracks like “Colours” and “Moving On” and was supported with tours with Hot ChipTotally Enormous Extinct DinosaursCrystal Fighters. Glass AnimalsJax Jones,TrulsSundara KarmaLuca Vasta and Kakkmaddaf all remixed album tracks.

Lauber’s sophomore album, 2018’s Young Romance found the acclaimed German singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer moving away from the slickly produced EDM towards a warmer, guitar and synth-based sound paired with a wistful escapism. Thematically, the album fittingly focused on — well, young romance, including the trials, tribulations and frustrations of falling in and out of love while featuring a narrator, desperately trying to find some semblance of home while on the road. As Lauber explained in press notes at the time, the album was inspired by deeply personal events: “I ended up processing a lot of emotions that I felt during my youth. Faded relationships that haunted me for years, being on the road for what seemed like forever and the constant search for a place to call home.”

Released earlier this year, Lauber’s third Roosevelt album, Polydans may arguably be one of his most critically and commercially successful efforts to date: Lauber has done live sessions for SPIN Magazine, Fender‘s Artist Check-In and KEXP. The acclaimed German artist has also been interviewed by Apple Music 1, Rolling Stone, Interview Magazine, Clash Magazine, Earmilk, BrooklynVegan, Talkhouse and several others. Since the release of Polydans, Lauber has been rather busy, writing two new singles “On My Mind” and “About U” that serve as an extension to his latest album.

Lauber’s latest single, the achingly wistful yet sensual “On My Mind” is centered around shimmering synth arpeggios, Nile Rodgers-like guitar, a motorik-like groove, Lauber’s plaintive vocals expressing longing for that one who got away, and who the song’s narrator may never get back in their lives. Sonically “On My Mind” and its companion “About U” are deeply inspired by 00s French Touch — and as a result, find the German producer crafting euphoric bangers along the lines of Homework-era Daft Punk, Stardust and others.

On My Mind’ and ‘About U’ were two demos that I was working on while I was finishing Polydans late last year,” Lauber explains in press notes. “I listened to a lot of early 2000s French House music at the time, so the songs were heavily influenced by acts like Stardust, Roger Sanchez, Benjamin Diamond or Room 5. The sounds of these records are still in my memory from watching MTV as a kid, so there was something really nostalgic in producing this release. I didn’t want to put them on Polydans, as they are sounding more electronic, less organic as the album, however they still feel like the same chapter to me. These will be part of the deluxe version of the album, that will come out later this year.

Along with the release of the new material, Lauber announced a 14 date North American tour that starts in late November and includes a December 1, 2021 stop at Webster Hall. The North American tour will feature Austrian act Bliderbuch as an opener. His European tour, which was originally scheduled for September have been rescheduled to March 2022 as a result of the pandemic. The European tour will feature M. Byrd — and for the Spanish dates John Moods. You can check out the tour dates below.

The new material will also be available as limited 12″ vinyl that can be pre-ordered on the Roosevelt bandcamp page:

Polydans’ Live North America Tour 2021

Nov 28 Washington D.C – 9:30 Club

Nov 30 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club

Dec 01 New York, NY – Webster Hall

Dec 02 Montreal, CAN – L’Astral

Dec 03 Toronto, CAN – Mod Club

Dec 04 Detroit, MI – El Club

Dec 06 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall

Dec 08 Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre

Dec 10 Vancouver, CAN – Biltmore Cabaret

Dec 11 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge

Dec 13 San Francisco, CA – Public Works

Dec 15 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre

Dec 16 Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room

Dec 18 Austin, TX – The Parish

‘Polydans’ Live (Rescheduled) European Tour 2022

Mar 02 Stuttgart, DE – Im Wizemann

Mar 03 Frankfurt, DE – Zoom

Mar 05 Hamburg, DE – Gruenspan

Mar 06 Berlin, DE – Huxley’s

Mar 08 Munich, DE – Backstage Werk

Mar 09 Vienna, AU – Flex

Mar 10 Zurich, SWI – Plaza

Mar 12 Cologne, DE – Carlswerk Victoria

Mar 13 Brussels, BE – Rotonde at Botanique

Mar 14 Paris, FR – La Maroquinerie

Mar 15 Amsterdam, NL – Melkweg Max

Mar 17 London, UK – Electric Ballroom

Mar 18 Manchester, UK – Band on the Wall

Mar 20 Dublin, IE – Button Factory

Mar 26 Barcelona, ES – Razzmatazz

Mar 27 Madrid, ES – Sala BUT