Release Date: Feb 5, 2013
Record label: K Records
Genre(s): Electronic, Club/Dance
Like BBC DJ John Peel explained the Fall, Richard Dorfmeister and Rupert Huber's slowly evolving Tosca project are a case of "always the same, always different. " The Viennese duo's 2013 effort, Odeon, is certainly tangibly different than 2009's No Hassle, with more vocals, fewer jazzy feelings, and more nocturnal elements figuring into the mix this time. It's that last bit that will set a veteran trip-hop fan in motion, as well it should, with key tracks like "What If" (sexy, lazy, rainy day music with vocalist Sarah Carlier buttering it all with soul) and "Stuttgart" (sounds like the Orb mixing Primal Scream with vocalist Lucas Santtana bringing some Tropicália flair to the session) providing perfect soundtracks for any loft littered with broken dreams and designer labels.
Sometimes the ever-shifting musical landscape can make the listener pause to consider where a returning artist exactly fits in. The first release for almost four years from Tosca (Viennese duo Richard Dorfmeister and Rupert Huber) is a case in hand. Their prepossessing, gently beatific music first appeared around the turn of the century, most noticeably with the release of the acclaimed Suzuki.
The body of 2012 is barely even cold, and many music fans are still going through the last of their “best of” 2012 lists or just starting to get a little bored of hearing Grimes again. Eyes turn toward the sun rising on a fresh horizon as the releases of 2013 march toward us. Labels, of course, have been busy for the latter months of 2012 preparing their new year release schedules and we start the cycle all over again.