Roosevelt debuts unforgettable first album
February 3, 2017
Listening to Roosevelt’s song “Heart” was an unforgettable moment. I was listening to my “Discover Weekly” playlist on Spotify and this catchy tune captivated me. I looked down and saw it was from an artist I had already listened to before.
As I continued to listen to the rest of the album, I realized Roosevelt had turned his music into something much more. This is not to say that Roosevelt’s Elliot EP of 2013 had a completely different sound; but that the sound was converted from a nice relaxing dip in the pool, to sitting by the poolside sipping on margaritas while watching neon lights dance in front of your eyes.
The entire album is like a yummy smoothie blended with influences from disco, synthpop and electropop. Track #5 on the Roosevelt self titled album is the most captivating of the songs because of its rhythm. The combination of Roosevelt’s alluring vocals and intricate playing of synths in the song “Moving On” reveals a sort of compare and contrast between Roosevelt’s previous sound and the new sound that came about with the debut album. Closer to the end of the song, it feels as though Roosevelt is taking the listener on a delightful disco-dancing journey through his synthesizer even though the lyrics have a sad theme.
Most of the lyrics on this album are not very intricate and are pretty straightforward; but what makes the songs so successful is the music, rather than the subject matter. There is a beautiful contradiction between the crafting of the song and the lyrics. Some lyrics include: “Feels like I’ve been left behind/ Make up with the past/ If I can only change your mind” from the song “Closer;” and “It’s funny how it all goes bad/ Never thought we could fade out/ By moving too slow” from the song “Wait Up.” The songs are upbeat and relaxing, so they don’t really bring out feelings of a sad or broken heart; which is what most of the songs are about. The interesting contradiction between the lighthearted upbeat poppy disco music and downhearted lyrics also shows through in the album’s cover art. Roosevelt (aka Marius Lauber) is standing with a straight face that could almost be interpreted as a dejected facial expression. In the photo there is a yummy fuchsia-pink overcast on his face and a purple to blue gradient across the background that perfectly reflect the colors and tones that is projected throughout the music of this fabulous album.
Top 3 Tracks: “Moving On,” “Heart,” & “Close.”