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It's not enough to just make an "ambient record" or a "downtempo record" or a "minimal record" anymore. Genre exercises — the province of incremental improvement, not enormous breakthrough — just aren't cutting it: be big or be gone. With Tosca, the circumstances are different. This is the work of Richard Dorfmeister, after all, he of Kruder & Dorfmeister, the Austrian kings of '90s downtempo, alongside the Austrian composer Rupert Huper. If there ever was a man who could give us a new downtempo classic, it would be him.
No Hassle is not that classic, but it is a very, very good record. And while the overall mood is definitely down and the tempo is certainly slowed, it's not exactly a downtempo record. There are the flirty dalliances with world music — now as much a pillar of this style as the hazy keyboard tones — but there are also a couple (just a couple) of swings at pop, and a handful more moments whose origins belong in the realm of 20th-century classical music. (Certainly Huper's background influences that reading, but there are patterns and movements that give the suggestion plenty of credence.)
It's a gorgeous record. It really is. Opener… read more »