Marius Lauber is a Viersen, Germany-born, Cologne, Germany-based singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, electronic music artist and electronic music producer, who writes records and performs with his solo recording project Roosevelt. Now as you may recall, with the release of “Elliot,” the lead single and EP title track of his 2013 debut EP Elliot, Lauber received praise from the likes of Pitchfork, who named the track one of their “Best New Tracks.” 2015 saw the release of the double A side single “Night Moves”/”Hold On,” which was released through Greco-Roman Records and further cemented his reputation for crafting material with warm, synth-led Euro-disco sound. Building upon a growing profile, Lauber’s 2016 full-length debut featured standout tracks “Colours” and “Moving On,” and has led to attention-grabbing tours with the likes of Hot Chip, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Crystal Fighters, as well a remixes of singles by Glass Animals, Jax Jones,Truls, Sundara Karma, Luca Vasta and Kakkmaddafakka and others.
Lauber’s highly-anticipated Roosevelt sophomore album Young Romance is slated for release next Friday, and the album reportedly finds the acclaimed German singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, electronic music artist and electronic music producer decidedly moving away from slickly produced electronica of his previously recored output to a warmer, hook-driven, guitar and synth-based pop sound — with a wistful sense of escapism. Thematically, the album covers the trials, tribulations and frustrations of falling in and out of love, finding some semblance of home and life on the road. As Lauber says of the writing process “I ended up progressing 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.”
Album single “Forgive,” was a collaboration with Ernest Green, a.k.a. Washed Out, who contributes his ethereal and imitable vocals to a shimmering, disco-like production centered by a Chic-era Nile Rodgers groove, African percussion and an infectious hook that sounds as though it could have been a Paracosm B-side. Interestingly,” Shadows,” Young Romance‘s latest single continues in a similar, breezy, disco-inspired vein, as its centered around a buoyant two-step friendly groove, arpeggiated synths, Lauber’s plaintive vocals, an incredibly tight, infectious hook — and much like the preceding single and his previous work, the single is a wistful look at a long lost love that the song’s narrator has lost, and desperately longs and aches for. Sonically, the single immediately brings Miami Horror, Washed Out and Random Access Memories-era Daft Punk to mind — but somehow even lighter.
Directed by PLAYGROUND, the recently released cinematic video for “Shadows” takes its cues from 60s and 80s beach/pool/house party movies but with the video’s central couple longing for each other but from a distance, presumably of time — or of some other barrier. And as a result, it’s centered around a trippy narrative structure that suggests that the video’s story is either a shared flashback by the central couple or a delusional fantasy of what should have been and could have been, if the relationship didn’t fail, complete with a happy ending offscreen.