For Roosevelt acronyms don’t exist. Calling your project the same name as the 32nd President of the USA? Tick. Blending disco, funk and soul with flowing pop melodies and hints of sugary Balearic music? Double tick. Doing this live in organic formation (with drums, guitars and keyboards) while totally focused on the dance floor? Two blue ticks.
The German artist Marius Lauber has spent his whole life collecting ticks at each step he takes. Before starting his own project he was already resident at the Kompact Total Confusion night together with Superpitcher and Michael Mayer, but he soon discovered the glory of pop. With it he convinced the Greco-Roman label (co-founded by Joe Goddard of Hot Chip) to release that refreshing sip of iced tea, ie his debut EP, Elliot, in 2013. Three years later, now on City Slang, came his homonymous LP, that is from beginning to end like a delightful boat trip, underpinned by melodic nocturnal breezes, warm waves of synthesisers and rhythms that guarantee total stability.
Everybody expects that with their second album, Young Romance, due to be released this September, Roosevelt will reinforce their position in the first division of this genre that includes big names such as Hot Chip, Caribou and Metronomy. Marius Lauber’s band will give us the golden opportunity to get on board on Saturday 17th November at Razzmatazz 2 (they will also perform the day before in Gotham in Madrid). All aboard.
Razzmatazz 2, Barcelona (Saturday / 17-11-2018)