Producer, DJ, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Roosevelt announces the release of his much-anticipated new album ‘Embrace,’ scheduled for September 22nd through Counter Records/Ninja Tune. This follows on the heels of his acclaimed 2021 LP ‘Polydans’, firmly positioning Roosevelt, otherwise known as Marius Lauber, as a globally recognized, cutting-edge musical talent.
To whet our appetites, Roosevelt has debuted an intriguing new single, “Paralyzed.” This marks the third preview of ‘Embrace,’ preceded by the noteworthy releases of “Luna” and “Ordinary Love.” Maintaining the momentum of its predecessors, “Paralyzed” offers a poignant narrative of lost love, presented over the backdrop of resonant synths and an engrossing, dancefloor-ready bassline.
‘Embrace’ represents a significant milestone in Roosevelt’s discography. Entirely written, recorded, and produced by Lauber, the album delivers deeply personal lyrics, underscored by emotive instrumentals that diverge from his past work. Faced with feelings of alienation within the music industry and grappling with imposter syndrome, Lauber embraced a nomadic lifestyle to focus intently on his songwriting. Through this journey, he’s created a record that simultaneously conveys intimacy and expansiveness, integrating complex synthesizer arrangements and dynamic disco basslines. The album’s title, ‘Embrace,’ stems from Lauber’s personal reflection upon reaching 30, a reminder to himself to appreciate the unique trajectory his life has taken compared to his peers.
Commenting on “Paralyzed,” Roosevelt stated:
During a writing session in Barcelona, I was heavily influenced by early 80s disco, particularly the bass lines, and found inspiration in the likes of Melba Moore or Gwen Guthrie. There’s a distinctive bittersweet quality in these bass lines, both uplifting and melancholic, which I’ve always found compelling. ‘Paralyzed’ originated from an impromptu bass line, and when layering the additional instrumentation, I aimed to capture that same bittersweet sentiment.
Later in 2023, Roosevelt will embark on his largest North American tour to date, before returning to Europe and the UK at the end of the year. Tickets here*.
Following successful collaborations with the likes of Nile Rodgers, Classixx, and Washed Out, and high-profile remixes for artists such as Taylor Swift, CHVRCHES, Glass Animals, and Charlotte Gainsbourg, 2023 continues to look promising for Roosevelt. As we look forward to the release of ‘Embrace,’ it is clear that Roosevelt’s impact and influence on the global music scene continue to resonate.