April 20 sees the release of the new album by Viennese duo Tosca – aka Richard Dorfmeister and Rupert Huber, forefathers of the nu-Balearic/cosmic scene which is home to the likes of Studio, Quiet Village, A Mountain Of One and Windsurf. With No Hassle, Dorfmeister and Huber have created what they describe as an “hour-long ambient symphony”, and we’re told it’s filled with analogue and digital sounds, submerged samples and live instruments.
Dorfmeister and Huber have been friends since their Vienna schooldays, when they founded their first experimental band, Dehli 9. Richard later became half of the globally acclaimed DJ-producer duo Kruder and Dorfmeister, while Rupert worked in piano composition, sound-art installation and acoustic networks. The duo rediscovered their musical chemistry again with their 1994 Tosca debut Chocolate Elvis – a string of highly praised albums and remix collections followed. All of which has got us mighty excited about No Hassle, which comes complete with a bonus live disc.
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