Slow down. Relax. Take a deep breath. Steal back an hour from your busy life. This really is worth your full attention. Tosca, the Viennese masters of deluxe soundscapes and sensual rhythms, are back with their most magical and mesmerising album yet. It’s called No Hassle.
On this album, Richard and Rupert have taken their music to more intense, meditative depths than ever before. From the dreamlike ambi-rock of Elektra Bregenz to the lush avant-jazz tapestry of No Hassle itself, this is an engrossing musical journey which calms the mind and floods the senses. (pull)The album’s stark musical landscape may seem alien and exotic in places, but there are a few familiar signposts along the way. The parched guitar twangs on the melting sci-fi symphony My First and the heat-haze desert blues Joe Si Ha contain ghostly traces of broken blues guitars.(/pull) The perfumed magic carpet ride Elitsa and the spooky cinematic ripples of Rosa recall psychedelic music at its most cosmic. And the beatific female voice drifting through Birthday has all the hypnotic power of the sun rising over the ocean. No Hassle has also brought new energy and focus to Tosca’s live performances. Richard and Rupert premiered the album at the Ars Electronica festival in Linz last September, at the Linzer Dom cathedral, accompanied by flickering candles and dazzling video graphics. Captured on the bonus live CD that accompanies the studio album, this stunning performance laid the blueprint for future shows – immersive, absorbing, sound-and-vision spectacles in prestigious venues around the world. “We are happy to go away from festivals and parties to these dedicated locations,” Richard explains. “This opens up so many possibilities for us, because in every country you find so many ancient buildings, especially churches. You can use the church as an additional player somehow, it has such a special atmosphere. This feels 10 times deeper than any club situation we used to do. I think this is the right way for us now.” Slow down. Relax. Take a break from the pressures of life. The most soothing and sublime album of 2009 has arrived. No contest. No kidding. No Hassle.