Thursday, October 13, 2011

Iceland's Low Roar Announces Debut Album out 11/1 on New Label Tonequake Records, Download Single, Iceland Airwaves, US Tour Dates


Download Single 'Tonight, Tonight, Tonight', Iceland Airwaves, and US Tour Dates

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 influences, especially on single, "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight," a sultry electro-washed song, recalling late 90's era Radiohead. The album 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 and sonically aligning with the change and introversion of fall, Low Roar is set to release on November 1st by Tonequake Records.

Download “Tonight, Tonight, Tonight (Edit)” MP3 here or at Soundcloud.



Adding players Júlíus Óttar Björgvinsson and Katie Buckley 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 set to play Iceland Airwaves and tour the US in November.
Tonequake Records is a LA-based record label, started by grammy winning 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, 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 Manu Chao, 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.
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Track List:
  1. Give Up
  2. Just A Habit
  3. Nobody Else
  4. Patience
  5. Low Roar
  6. Friends Make Garbage, Good Friends Take It Out
  7. The Painter
  8. Help Me
  9. Rolling Over
  10. Puzzle
  11. Because We Have To
  12. Tongiht, Tonight, Tonight
Vinyl features 140-180g double album with the "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight (edit)" on side four.
Pre-order at Tonequake Records
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Next Live Dates:

Iceland Airwaves
10/13 Reykjavík, Iceland - Eymundsson
10/13 Reykjavík, Iceland - Dillon
10/14 Reykjavík, Iceland - The Laundromat Cafe (acoustic)
10/15 Reykjavík, Iceland - Reykjavik Backpackers

US Tour Dates:
11/3 Oakland, CA - The Uptown
11/4 Monterey, CA - East Village
11/5 San Jose, CA - The Blank Club
11/7 Los Angeles, CA - Hotel Cafe 11/9 Santa Monica, CA - The Central
11/10 Los Angeles, CA - LOT 1
More dates TBA
"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 of Margot and the Nuclear So & So’s

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