Seattle music duo Kris Orlowski and Andrew Joslyn will release their second collaborative album, “Pieces we are,” on Oct. 16.
Orlowski leads the band with his memorable baritone voice. The rest of the band consists of guitarist Mark Isakson, bassist Tyler Carroll, Aaron O’Neil on drums and Torry Anderson on keys.
Orlowski’s collaborator on the project is violinist and composer Andrew Joslyn who is known for his solo work and his work with Seattle hip-hop artist Macklemore.
The album, a five-song EP, consists of a mixture of folk-rock backed by intricate sound-scapes from a 17-piece orchestra.
Orlowski and Joslyn are both well traveled in the Northwest music community, and it shows in this album. It is rich in sound and Orlowski’s writing shows off the mind of an artist who is well invested in his craft.
With folk-pop artists like Mumford and Sons and the Lumineers setting the tone for the genre it would seem easy to have this album get lost in the nooks and crannies of the music world. However, Orlowski and Joslyn have approached the sound with a much more complex hand for crafting a tune.
Orlowski’s voice captures the attention of any listener and draws them in with lyrics about love, loss and carving out one’s path in the world. Orlowski’s band crafts upbeat folk-pop jams while Joslyn draws in the curiosity of listeners’ ears with intricate symphonic accompaniment.
Joslyn’s talent doesn’t stop at composing. On the fourth track of the album Joslyn carries listeners through winding virtuoso violin solos showing the depth of his musical talent.
The album’s focal point is its musical depth and ability to leave the listener feeling positive and desperately wanting more of a band that gives them so much more than just acoustic folk-pop.
Listeners should be sure to give the album several plays all the way through. The music itself is enough to capture attention and is incredibly complex. However, the exploration of life through Orlowski and Joslyn’s lyrics also deserves complete attention from the listener.
This is an album that local music fans, folk-rock fans and serious music fans in general can not miss out on. It is a must listen in the Northwest music scene.
To hear Kris Orlowski and Andrew Joslyn’s album “Pieces We Are” tune into 90.3 KSLC or stream the station online from www.linfield.edu/kslcfm.
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