Short and to-the-point tracks are exactly what you get on Ari Roar’s debut record Calm Down. With an average of just 1:51 per song on a 15-track record you know right away that Ari Roar is all about telling his view of the world in a very concise matter. He nails the softer indie-rock delivery that will be in the wheelhouse for fans of Rogue Wave, Grandaddy, The Shins, Mac DeMarco and Death Cab For Cutie.
With a voice similar to James Mercer (Shins) and a more DIY style of Mac DeMarco, Ari Roar presents songs that cover subjects like a dog, high school, and a multitude of life lessons. All of this is presented with a simple lower-fi jangly song structure that really could be tracked all the way back to The Beatles.
I could find myself listening to these songs most of the day and never getting tired of Campbell’s voice. I’m convinced if you give Ari Roar a chance his floating tracks will have you quickly buying what he is selling in probably under 2-minutes.
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