Tosca discuss their forthcoming album "Odeon", on !K7 Records

Over the course of a career spanning two decades, Richard Dorfmeister (of Kruder & Dorfmeister fame) and Rupert Huber have made electronic mood pieces coloured with Mitteleuropean melancholy together as Tosca. The duo’s forthcoming album Odeon is darker than the previous five albums, more downbeat, at times ambient. “We’ve always had a darker, ambient side,” says Dorfmeister. “But we really wanted to emphasise that aspect of music with this record. That’s where our hearts are at the moment, just keeping the whole vibe low and understated.” Huber takes up the thread. “The album features mainly male vocalists. There are the moodier ambient tracks and then some songs with downbeat bluesy feel.

It’s a very personal record in another sense, too. In the digital age it’s normal for artists to collaborate remotely via file-sharing, but that’s not the case here. Tosca know all the vocalists personally and their performances were face-to-face. “It was a little bit more organic,” says Huber. “We’re not fans of approaching big stars, we prefer to work with people in our scene, people we know. We just find that it means you get more of a vibe going.

More than anything, Odeon is the sound of a band at the top of their game, still relevant after two decades. They were key players in the late ’90s Leftfield/downtempo scene, but they’ve never really gone out of fashion. Dorfmeister reflects on the band’s history. “It sounds like a cliche, but we’ve never really thought about other people’s music when we’re writing our own,” he says. “We try and create our own sound. We really have always been like that. And I think we’ve developed a trademark sound because of that.

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