Once In A Long, Long While… marks another chapter in the compelling story of Low Roar lead- singer Ryan Karazija. Having moved from music industry locale California to settle in the lovely though isolated Reykjavik, Iceland to pursue his career may seem counterproductive, yet Karazija defied the odds to release two exemplary LPs. Almost a cliché, new album Once In A Long, Long While… was born from personal strife. Karazija wrote much of the album from experiencing intense turmoil through the dissolution of his marriage and starting over in a new land; Warsaw, Poland.
To describe Once In A Long, Long While… is no easy feat. The 12-track LP borrows elements of classical, electronica, folk, and even pop to create a medley of sounds that relaxes and transports its listener to a place of Zen. Ryan Karazija lays down beautiful vocals across the board, at times coming across as highly melancholic, yet never seems to lose his cool.
Previously released tracks “Give Me an Answer” and “Bones” served as a pleasant preview of what was yet to come. With a release date of April 14, Once In A Long, Long While… proves to be Low Roar’s finest work to date. The album is an assortment of musical riches with profound lyrics paired perfectly with innovative and futuristic tunes; à la Radiohead, most notably on opening track “Don’t Be So Serious” and album climactic single “Waiting (10 Years),” which at times mirrors Thom Yorke’s solo work. Not too shabby for a musician searching for inspiration far from the musical industry mecca.