Channeling the spirit of his indie rock roots and infusing beat-driven electronic synths, German native Marius Lauber -- who performs as Roosevelt -- made his debut in the early 2010s with the Elliot EP. His shimmering full-length debut, Roosevelt, arrived in 2016 on Greco-Roman/City Slang. Along with his own work, he has remixed tracks by CHVRCHES, Glass Animals, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and others.
As a teenager from Viersen, Germany, Lauber played with a handful of indie garage bands before submitting fully to the techno scene in Cologne, where he was roommates with Kompakt signees Coma. Soon after, Lauber became a dance music devotee, so much so that, within a few years, he was resident DJ at Kompakt's Total Confusion party alongside Superpitcher and Michael Mayer. In 2012, he introduced his techno-meets-indie-pop project Roosevelt with the single "Sea," released by Greco-Roman, the label co-owned by Hot Chip's Joe Goddard. A year later, his "Elliot" single landed on Future Classic. The track was included on his four-track indie disco debut EP, Elliot, which was issued the same year.
He returned to Greco-Roman for the 2015 single "Hold On," which found its way onto Roosevelt's self-titled debut full-length, co-released in 2016 by Greco-Roman and City Slang. Roosevelt peaked just outside the Top Ten on the Billboard electronic chart, while rising into the Top 40 in Switzerland, Germany, and Austria. The following year, Lauber released a pair of EPs -- Remixed 1 and Remixed 2 -- which featured the talents of Joe Goddard, Andhim, Moscoman, Cleveland, Brennan Green, and Justus Kohncke.
In 2018, Lauber issued the second Roosevelt LP, Young Romance, which included the singles "Under the Sun," "Getaway," and "Forgive" with Washed Out. That same year, he released remixes of CHVRCHES' song "Get Out" and Glass Animals' chart-topping single "Life Itself." He returned to his own work in 2020, debuting the songs "Sign," "Echoes," and "Feels Right" as the first tracks off his third album, 2021's Polydans. ~ David Jeffries & Neil Z. Yeung