Album Reviews

Kris Orlowski

Often in the Pause

Artist:     Kris Orlowski

Album:     Often in the Pause

Label:     Kris Orlowski Music Group

Release Date:     05/06/2016

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Themes such as loss, longing, searching for a connection…they’re pretty common in songwriters these days. Actually, they’re just pretty common on any day. Does that make the Seattle-based musician Kris Orlowski and his music unoriginal? Not necessarily. Though the themes may be heard over and over again throughout any given album you throw on, it’s always the stories connected to the musician that makes the album a stand out.

For Orlowski, his blend of pop, country and rock earn him a place toward the top of today’s list of indie artists from the west coast. He has collaborated with musicians like Macklemore, and toured with the Texas-based Jamestown Revival. So when the time came for Orlowski and his band to put together the music for Often in the Pause, musician friends Alain Whyte (Morrissey), Tim Anderson (Twenty-One Pilots, Halsey), and producer Nathan Yaccino (Soundgarden), came on board.

“While it’s not a debut album, there were a lot of firsts in the process,” Orlowski has said of Often in the Pause. “We spent a year writing and recording. I wrote about 25 songs for the album, ended up recording 15, then keeping 12 for the album.” For Orlowski, he says these are the best songs he has ever released.

This is true. With every member of his band going through some sort of transition over the past few years, it’s fitting for the regularly used themes mentioned above to be actually displayed in the 12 tracks of Often in the Pause. Tracks like “Carry Your Weight,” “We Share the Moon,” and “Something is Missing” stand out on this album. But overall, the 12 tracks blend together nicely to create a cohesive piece of work.

– Brenda Hillegas

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