just walked to the Pharmacy down the road for a protein bar. That’s about the most exercise I’ve had all day. Whoopee shit. Anyway, the next album to review at my desk here for the remainder of the day is the self-titled album by Low Roar.
I knew absolutely nothing about this band other than it was the next full album offered by YouTube after the last Sigor Ros album. But it does have an album cover showing a moose (deer, caribou, whatever…) who is, apparently, shooting birds out it’s mouth…so that’s pretty cool. The poster of the video also hails the album as: “a response to the unknown; a vivid portrait of those life-altering moments stained with equal parts hope and melancholy”. Umm, okay. Whatever.
The album was released in 2011 by singer Ryan Karazija, after she moved from California to Reykjavík, Iceland. The album chronicles the difficulty of acclimating to a foreign land, finding work, and supporting his family by writing a song each day, the results of which became this self-titled debut record. It draws from ambient influences, especially on single, ‘Tonight, Tonight, Tonight‘, a sultry electro-washed song, recalling late 1990’s era Radiohead. The tracks are all melancholic, arresting and desperate. What’s even cooler than all this is that the album was recorded with nothing more than a laptop in Ryan’s kitchen, as a result of having a very low budget after moving.
After this album (not to mention the previous two), I’m likely going to need a defibrillator to kick start myself in order to get home.