by Farnaz Alimehri
When I first started listening to Low Roar, the experience was moving to say the least. The sweet melodies and haunting vocals of each song seemed to effortlessly capture my every thought and emotion almost as if the album had been created especially for me, like the familiar soundtrack to a dream hidden away in the depths of my mind. Their latest album entitled “0”, a name given only for identification purposes on iTunes, is a work of art. But each track on this record can stand alone as a masterpiece. Each track exhibits a certain kind of evolution, one that is revealed through perfectly timed crescendos, decrescendos, and a meticulous attention to each instrument and rhythm.
I was able to catch up with the band before their performance yesterday at the Larimer Lounge, and they elucidated upon the creative processes behind their music. Ryan, the soft-spoken lead vocalist and mastermind behind Low Roar, explained that he isn’t particularly motivated by anything specific while creating music, “I just start with the chords. Sometimes I have lots of it [in mind], or just the chords and the structure of it, and then we’ll get together and it’ll evolve into something else.” Logi, the band’s drummer and a native of Iceland, tailed with his response, “It just happens.” From an outsider’s perspective, this process of creation seems incredible – to make such powerful and cathartic music so simply is not an easy feat, but the band in all their modesty stated that it was “normal”.
While sitting down with the band members of Low Roar, they illuminated many things for me as a music consumer. They made it clear that all of their efforts were made to showcase the music in its purest form. Leifur, the man behind the keys, stated, “What I like when I’m listening to music is that it is left up to me, the listener, to interpret it. The way I understand it; the artist doesn’t necessarily have to tell me what it’s about.” His response caught me off guard in the best way possible, why do we listen to music if not for the freedom of expression? With that, there wasn’t really anything left to say, so I wished the boys luck and awaited their performance later that evening, which was predictably amazing. The band put on a powerful show, and the small venue offered a very intimate experience for the concert goers, allowing them to feel and interpret the music individually.
If you are a fan of Icelandic music and serene, captivating melodies, I implore you to check out Low Roar and buy their new album 0, out now!