Ryan Karazija is an artist-traveler. However, his journey through life and music is not just about himself. It is also for the listeners who find in Low Roar’s music the path they want to follow, or a place that they have been looking for a long time. The story of Low Roar started at the other end of the world. On the cold, rough and absolutely magical Iceland.
The story of Low Roar started at the other end of the world. On the cold, rough and absolutely magical Iceland.
After moving to Reykjavik in 2010, Karazija turned to a more introverted and intimate sound. Being greatly influenced by local folk bands, The self titled debut album was released on November 1, 2011 by the independent label Tonequake Records.
At the time of its premiere, the record was not very popular, but was well received by journalists and listeners. Low Roar was compared to such renowned bands as Keaton Henson or Bon Iver. Delicate, folk-ambient sound was full of nostalgia, tenderness and longing. Today Self Titled debut album is still listened to and discovered by listeners all over the world who are looking for music that is in its own way moving, but also subtle at the same time
Second Album „0” released in 2014 was a breakthrough, After a lot of great reviews, Low Roar went on tour around the world. The aesthetics of „0” was compared to Radiohead or Sigur Rós, mainly due to the increasingly sophisticated, sometimes almost epic sound. In addition to the classical instrumentation, Low Roar increasingly used synths and electronica.
However, the best was yet to come. While in Iceland in 2016, Hideo Koijma, a living legend from the video game world, discovered Low Roar music… while shopping. Sony then contacted Karazija, but all the musician heard at the time was that the Japanese company wanted to use one of the Low Roar songs for “their secret project”. After a few months, everything became clear.
Hideo Kojima personally selected the music for his game Death Stranding. Low Roar’s songs were featured in the game’s first trailer, released in 2016. After its premiere, the American-Icelandic project was discovered by hundreds of thousands of listeners around the world.
The newest album was recorded with Mike Lindsay, Andrew Scheps and Ricky Linstrom.
On „maybe tomorrow”, delicate and sleepy sounds become components of songs with a powerful emotional charge – from longing, through thirst, to helplessness and even fear. When you listen to the album track by track, you have the impression of entering one, extensive and engaging story.
„maybe tomorrow” is one of the most expressive items in Low Roar’s discography. This album is an autonomous story, adding completely new colors to the color palette used so far by Ryan Karazija. It’s an album that consumes the listener and requires him to “get into the story” completely – if we do, we will find what was deeply hidden within ourselves, but we weren’t able to reach on our own.