The highly anticipated new album by Ryan Karazija‘s alter ego, Low Roar is finally upon us and make no mistake, it is as strikingly beautiful as everyone expected it to be.
The relocation to Iceland continues to bring the best out of Karazija, with this latest effort offering plenty of shimmering indie pop gems to treasure.
‘Breathe In’ opens the album nicely, the tender vocals breaking through the delicate arrangement like the sun permeating the dimness of early morning. As the acoustic guitar licks ride the gentle rumble of drums, airy harmonies float alongside bittersweet strings that set the tone for the majority of the LP.
The enchantingly personal ‘Easy Way Out’ benefits greatly from Karazija’s sentimental writing style. The confessional lyricism engages the listener whilst the tranquil production style is jolted awake by stirring rhythms halfway though. Equally rousing is ‘I’m leaving’ with its military style drumming and pulsing, hypnotic vibe.
‘In The Morning’ proves a delightful folk ditty before the throbbing electronic essence of ‘Phantom’ takes over. Not to be outdone is ‘Vampire On My Fridge,’ a track that starts off skeletal and cold before exploding in a dynamic display of percussion, synths and strings.
Building upon the serene atmosphere that captivated and romanced listeners on Low Roar‘s debut, 0 does not disappoint, it’s cinematic qualities intoxicating the listener and staying with them well after the last track has been played. Deeply frank, it’s a record that proves there is strength in fragility.
LOW ROAR‘s 0 will be available on July 8, through iTunes.