Low Roar

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Low Roar
Ryan Karazija (2012)
Ryan Karazija (2012)
Background information
OriginIceland
GenresIndie rock - Dream pop - Post-rock - Electronica
Years active2011–present
MembersRyan Karazija
Andrew Scheps
Mike Lindsay
Past membersLogi Guðmundsson
Leifur Björnsson
David Knight
Alton San Giovanni
Websitehttps://www.lowroarmusic.com

Low Roar is an Icelandic post-rock/electronica project founded by American immigrant Ryan Karazija.[1]

History[edit]

After leading the California-based indie rock band Audrye Sessions from 2002 to 2010, Ryan Karazija relocated to Reykjavík, Iceland and started the new project Low Roar, releasing a self-titled album in 2011.[2][3][4] A second album, 0, was released in 2014 by Tonequake Records, followed by Once in a Long, Long While... in mid-2017.[5] The Low Roar album, ross., was released in November 2019,[6] with their latest album maybe tomorrow... released in July 2021.

The band's discography features heavily in the 2019 video game Death Stranding,[7] following a collaboration with video game designer Hideo Kojima, after Kojima chanced upon their music while in a CD shop in Reykjavík.[8] Kojima described Low Roar's music as "sensual" and "unique".[8] When Sony first contacted the band to license their music for Death Stranding, the band was struggling, with much of their music being recorded on a laptop in Karazija's kitchen. The use of Low Roar's music in the video game had a significant positive impact on the band's popularity.[9]

In 2021 they recorded the song "Feels" for the mobile game Arknights, later released in full under the title "Fade Away" on their 2021 album "maybe tomorrow...".[10]

Their song "Help Me" plays over the end credits of the 2021 film Flee.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • Remix - EP (2015)
  • Inure (2020)

Live albums[edit]

  • Live at Gamla Bíó (2015)

Singles[edit]

  • The Sky Is Falling (2018)
  • Everything To Lose (2021)
  • Hummingbird (2021)

References[edit]

  1. ^ O'Donnell, Kevin (2009) "Breaking: Audrye Sessions", Rolling Stone, February 18, 2009. Retrieved April 15, 2013
  2. ^ Svymbersky, Christopher (2012) "Ryan Moves to Iceland and Low Roar is Born Archived 2014-01-11 at the Wayback Machine", Iceland Airwaves Journal. Retrieved April 15, 2013
  3. ^ Cherrie, Chrysta "Low Roar Biography", Allmusic. Retrieved April 15, 2013
  4. ^ Fiander, Matthew (2012) "Low Roar: Low Roar", PopMatters, January 4, 2012. Retrieved April 15, 2013
  5. ^ "Low Roar's newest, Once in a Long, Long While, was born of challenging times". The Georgia Straight. 2017-04-12. Retrieved 2020-02-25.
  6. ^ "Review: Low Roar - ross. | Sputnikmusic". www.sputnikmusic.com. Retrieved 2020-02-25.
  7. ^ Radulovic, Petrana (June 20, 2018). "Death Stranding sleuths decode hidden musical message in E3 trailer". Polygon. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  8. ^ a b Weber, Rachel (December 19, 2016). "Watch Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen in Creepy 'Death Stranding' Teasers". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  9. ^ McKeand, Kirk (January 6, 2020). "Sony wouldn't even tell Low Roar its music was for Death Stranding – "We were in the gutter"". VG247. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  10. ^ "塞壬唱片 - A WORLD FAMILIARLY UNKNOWN". monster-siren.hypergryph.com. Retrieved 2021-08-07.