There are albums that seem to be made for playing in the backgroung and bring you good feelings and a boost in in positivity. Young Romance, the new album from German singer, DJ and producer Marius Lauber (who plays under the moniker of Roosevelt) is definitely one of these records. The music he wrote for his new album is in fact a clean and polished version of synth-pop that takes deep inspiration from the sound of the 80s, rich of sweet notes and pleasant atmospheres.
Young Romance is basically a nice collection singable and easy-listening vintage pop songs that manage to maintain a good level of originality and interest. There is in particular a streak of very good songs placed right in the middle of the disk which stand out for the enjoyability and the catchyness of the choruses, something that should guarantee high rotations in many music playlists (including mine).
With his second solo work, Marius Lauber continues his process of progressive departure from the world of indie electronic towards the wider shores of pop music. In doing this transformation he’s increasing the recourse to vintage sounds from the golden age of synth-pop, trying to make his music more fascinating and, in some way, characteristic. In many tracks of the new album this operation was certainly successful, even if there is an tangible gap between the best songs of Young Romance and the remaining ones, and this is perhaps the weakest aspect of Roosevelt’s new work.
Highlights: Shadows, Pangea and Lucia.
As already mentioned in the review, Roosevelt is featured in CRESTS OF WAVES, the playlist which collects the best and latest indie pop songs. Listen to it, follow it, and spread the word!