Low Roar is a response to the unknown; a vivid portrait of those life-altering moments stained with equal parts hope and melancholy. Project of Ryan Karazija, formerly of Audrye Sessions (Black Seal), Low Roar is the incarnation of change, atmosphere, and loneliness after a move from San Francisco, California to Reykjavík, Iceland. His self-titled emotive, twelve song debut chronicles the challenges of starting anew in a foreign land and is an honest depiction of the struggles to acclimate, find work, and support his family in the Icelandic winter. The album's opening lyrics "I won't wake a wealthy man someday, 'cause the sun don't follow me" begin to tell Low Roar's story.
Low Roar draws from ambient forefathers, Thom Yorke and The Album Leaf, especially on single, "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight," a sultry electro-washed song, recalling late 90's era Radiohead. Low Roar takes the listener on Karazija's unsettled journey conveying emotion with yearning choruses and haunting strings in simple, yet stark, classical arrangements, alongside optimistic melodies and folk-styled songs.
Combining elements of post rock with minimalist tones, sonically aligning with the change and introversion that begins with fall, Low Roar is set to release on November 1st by Tonequake Records.
Adding multi-instrumentalist Logi Guðmundsson to the live show, Low Roar slowly reveals a beautiful and powerful set consisting of loops and layers of instrumentation including guitar, harp, pump organ, percussion and keys – at times, a combination capable of evoking tears. Low Roar is touring Europe with Soko in October and then playing Airwaves in Iceland. Album 2 is in the mixing stage and should be completed before the end of 2013
-- "Ryan has always made pretty music. Sad music, but pretty. What I love about Low Roar is the way he has given himself over to the inherent melancholy in his songs. Gone are his winter-y impulses, replaced by oranges and light reds. I think he wears a sweater much better than a coat. It's a beautiful record. And I'm glad I got it in time for Fall." --Richard Edwards (Margot & the Nuclear So and So's)
About Tonequake Records:
Tonequake Records is an LA-based record label, started by Andrew Scheps who has spent the majority of his career producing, engineering and mixing for some of the biggest rock bands in the world, including: Metallica, U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer, Audioslave, Linkin Park, and Green Day. Scheps has also worked with icons such as producer Rick Rubin, Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond and Iggy Pop, as well as indie artists such as Manu Chao, The Duke Spirit, and Cass McCombs. As Scheps says, "Too much good music doesn't see the light of day," so as the landscape of the music industry changes, Tonequake Records was created to be a new home for the next generation of great music.