Win tickets to Roosevelt at Astra Kulturhaus on Wednesday, Oct. 24th!

Take a trip with Viersen’s finest Marius Lauber, whose mellow offering Young Romance conjures up images of the last day of school before summer, or a sunny Sunday evening complete with grazed knees and ice-cream stickiness.

Masquerading as the impossibly cool Roosevelt, Lauber’s mellow beats and infectious sonic manipulations result in a layered and hugely dynamic record. Applying his earlier releases as something of a springboard, we the listener are treated to a eyebrow-raising concoction of 80s disco, ethereal synthpop and funk-influenced experimentation. He’s earned a number of feathers in his cap, regularly adopting the role of producer over the course of the past few years; however, on this occasion, we’re treated to a collaboration between the man himself and mixing wizard Chris Coady (of Grizzly Bear/Future Islands notoriety).

It’s clever and joyful, whilst avoiding the trap of being Too Much Fun™, holding a slightly melancholic tinge throughout. It’s a little unsettling, but we kind of like it. Sometimes ambient (Better Days), sometimes fiery (Shadows) you’re never really sure what to expect on this album. Each track is something of a surprise, with Lauber managing successfully to master the impossibly tricky balance between minimalism and electro-indie.

Young Romance marks a certain turning point in Lauber’s artistry; the record manages to remain youthful whilst maintaining a striking maturity which might not have been initially expected. It’s refreshing to hear a fully connected album rather than a stream of singles fully plucked and basted for the airwaves. It’s an intelligent and restorative work, and quenches our thirst as closeted synthpop devotees.

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We’ll be celebrating this fresh and colourful record on Wednesday 24th October at Astra Kulturhaus, and cordially invite you to join us.

If you’d like to take a chance and potentially win two free tickets, drop us a line at win(at)indieberlin.de. Put on your detective cap and learn more about the show here.

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