Sink down into Low Roar’s latest album, 0

24 Sep

I have never wondered what it would be like to be hypnotized. Honestly, to me, hypnosis seems fictional, (and also terrifying, mostly because of that scene from Office Space), but I know that some people swear by it. I do, however, think that it is possible to find yourself in a trance or trance-like state. Music is the only thing that I can think that would trigger this, and the best music for it usually being lo-fi, minimalistic melodies. Low Roar delivers this and more in their latest gripping album, 0.

I have never felt so subconsciously tied to an album. The first time I heard it, I had no idea how to classify it. 0 is extremely compelling with purposeful construction, and is simultaneously methodical and harmonious. The first track, “Breathe In,” is a slow ascension, with lead singer Ryan Karazija cooing in your ear. There are tracks that are intimately dark, such as “Anything You Need,” which has such a deep bass line and a sick-sounding keyboard- and by sick, I mean needs-new-batteries sick. Together the bass and keyboard are haunting, which is how I could emotionally liken most of the rest of the album. My favorite track is “Easy Way Out,” for its chilling guitar screeches. At one point, within the guitar’s echoes, I heard a mosquito buzzing in my ear. It was surreal. Nearly every song fades in or fades out, which is a brilliant yet sensible move; it allows each track to sit with you for at least a few moments before beginning the next. Those are the moments when you are allowed to actively realize how talented this Reykjavik-based quartet is.

I have a lot of respect for Low Roar for choosing the right name. They were very self-aware about their sound, and didn’t choose a name solely on aesthetic. Bands that I think that are guilty of choosing the wrong names:  Vampire Weekend, Sleigh Bells, POP ETC. They should all be, respectively: Vampire Weekend on the Cape, Slay Belles, The Morning Benders. We could probably all come up with fake indie band names for hours, I think there are even generators for that sort of thing. But Low Roar was honest. Their music reflects it.

0 is out now. Find more information about Low Roar on their website.

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  1. Top Ten Albums of 2014 – #1: 0 by Low Roar | The Music Court - December 31, 2014

    […] read more on my opinion of 0, check out my review from earlier this year, and be sure to check back in with the Music Court for more Low Roar news in […]

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