Friday 17 June 2005
Tosca is the Viennese downbeat/trance groove duo of Rupert Huber and Richard Dorfmeister. The pair have been making music intermittently since their schooldays, an association whose longevity can be gauged by the fact that this fourth album is named after their accumulation of offspring (Joshua, Arthur and Conrad). Fatherhood doesn't seem to have mellowed them much, though in truth they were already pretty chilled, specialising in smooth, unfussy grooves. The loping double bass, brushed drums and understated jazz guitar of "Heidi Bruehl" glide along with a relaxed elegance behind Samia Farah's vocal; the contrast between the businesslike rhythm and more amorphous keyboard washes of "Züri" is resolved by the appearance of a gentle guitar vamp; and woozy slide guitar, electric piano and neatly-edited horn stabs surf the scudding groove of "The Big Sleep" while Stefan Wildner invites us to mellow. "Tranquilise reality," he intones, "No more good for you or me" - though it's hard to tell if it's a warning or a recommendation. The other vocal contributions - by the likes of Earl Zinger ("Superrob"), The Walkabouts' Chris Eckman ("John Lee Huber"), and an anonymous sampled Singaporean radio announcer ("Rondo Acapricio") - lean more towards the cryptic than the specific.
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
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Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
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Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga