Ports of Call, Low Roar

Ports of Call

Low Roar

Soporus

Sun, January 22, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

$8.00 - $10.00

This event is 21 and over

Ports of Call
Ports of Call
"As simple as it may be for many musicians to hum a melody and relay it into instrumental form, capturing a sense of atmospheric believability is a skill that cannot simply be taught…it would be quite easy for me to group Ports of Call into the masses of shoegaze revivalists…but they, unlike many of their contemporaries, clearly have the ability to craft an audible atmosphere through their musical prowess alone. Whether it be through their haunting production effects, reverbed vocals, or resoundingly sterile guitars, their atmospheric ability is easy to admire." -Obscure Sound
Low Roar
Low Roar
Low Roar is a response to the unknown; a vivid portrait of those life-altering moments stained with equal parts hope and melancholy. Project of Ryan Karazija, formerly of Audrye Sessions (Black Seal), Low Roar is the incarnation of change, atmosphere, and loneliness after a move from San Francisco, California to Reykjavík, Iceland. His self-titled emotive, twelve song debut chronicles the challenges of starting anew in a foreign land and is an honest depiction of the struggles to acclimate, find work, and support his family in the Icelandic winter. The album's opening lyrics "I won't wake a wealthy man someday, 'cause the sun don't follow me" begin to tell Low Roar's story.

Low Roar draws from ambient forefathers, Thom Yorke and The Album Leaf, especially on single, "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight," a sultry electro-washed song, recalling late 90's era Radiohead. Low Roar takes the listener on Karazija's unsettled journey conveying emotion with yearning choruses and haunting strings in simple, yet stark, classical arrangements, alongside optimistic melodies and folk-styled songs.

Combining elements of post rock with minimalist tones, sonically aligning with the change and introversion that begins with fall, Low Roar is set to release on November 1st by Tonequake Records.

Adding players Júlíus Óttar Björgvinsson and Katie Buckley to the live show, Low Roar slowly reveals a beautiful and powerful set consisting of loops and layers of instrumentation including guitar, harp, pump organ, percussion and keys – at times, a combination capable of evoking tears. Low Roar is set to play Iceland Airwaves and tour the US in November.

-- "Ryan has always made pretty music. Sad music, but pretty. What I love about Low Roar is the way he has given himself over to the inherent melancholy in his songs. Gone are his winter-y impulses, replaced by oranges and light reds. I think he wears a sweater much better than a coat. It's a beautiful record. And I'm glad I got it in time for Fall." --Richard Edwards (Margot & the Nuclear So and So's)
Soporus
Soporus
Soporus is a Philadelphia-based ambient drone ensemble which features guitarist and keyboardist Matthew Stone and bassist William Stichter (Matthew Thomas sitting in) from well-known instrumental act Saxon Shore along with guitarist Stephen Hoffman (and John Donahue). Their live performances feature films and videos edited on the fly by additional member Michael Stichter.

As children of the Cold War era, Soporus are heavily influenced by a lifelong fascination with the quiet power of nuclear energy - the seemingly miraculous ability to calmly harness intense reactions coupled with the lingering fear of potential disaster. Soporus continue with the nuclear power plant themes established on their debut ep, Atòmovè Elektràrne, with their full-length 24,110.
Venue Information:
MilkBoy Philly
1100 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107