Despite the oft repeated comment that they sound "groovy", many 60's and 70's Euro film soundtracks have an unmistakable air of mystery and melancholy about them. Austrian DJ-composer Paul Nawrata aka Urbs uses these qualities to his advantage on this outstanding instrumental opus, the only album of original compositions under the Urbs name that he ever released.

artist:
Urbs

country of origin:
Germany

style(s):
Retro lounge, soundtrack, cinematic, nu jazz

decades active:
2000's

essential releases:

  • Toujours Le Meme Film (2005, G-Stone Recordings)

Reviewed by Mike G

Despite the oft repeated comment that they sound "groovy", many 60's and 70's Euro film soundtracks have an unmistakable air of mystery and melancholy about them. Austrian DJ-composer Paul Nawrata aka Urbs uses these qualities to his advantage on this outstanding instrumental opus, the only album of original compositions under the Urbs name that he ever released.

On Toujours Le Meme Film (2005) his particular reference is old French films but he goes beyond mere homage. The French title translates as "Always The Same Film" and the music's personal, intimate quality suggests a mirror held up to the disappointments of his love life. Hammond organ, harpsichord, electric guitar and steady drums are the dominant sound, alongside occasional flourishes of strings and vocals. Peter Kruder of dub pioneers Kruder & Dorfmeister was the album's project's guiding light. As a co-producer, he wisely he nurtures the music's sparseness and understated cool rather than soaking it in the 21st century dub techniques you might expect. The album's arrangements are lean, considered and never overcooked; Urbs simply uses what he needs, nothing more. Toujours Le Meme Film is a one-off classic and an absolute must for retro lounge and film music fans.

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