Bay Area-bred, Reykjavik-based Low Roar has offered a second taste of upcoming LP Once In A Long, Long While…. with “Waiting (10 Years),” a fragile space odyssey about the dull ache of suspended love.
Ryan Karazija’s gentle falsetto soars over the sprinkle of classical piano and a heavy synthetic landscape. It is a haunting, melancholic scene. There are dramatic pauses, and a heavy, glowing bass. Then the undercurrent of electronic drums builds around an unexpected horn crescendo, before trickling off into an ethereal outro that makes one think of that Sandra Bullock film where she loses George Clooney in space (aka Gravity).
Lyrically, there is a tense vulnerability in Karazjia’s waiting game. “Each day brings a storm that I am simply not prepared to face/ And I sleep and I dream between my grave and your sweet face,” he laments, in what may become the next great anthem for the sad acceptance of bad timing. Check out the track above.