Tearing back through the Bay Area, Audrye Sessions will be releasing their self-titled debut album tomorrow, Feb. 17, while in the middle of their west coast tour. In celebration of their homecoming and album release, Audrye Sessions will shake your foundation live in SF at the Bottom of the Hill on Thursday, Feb. 19. And to further promote the debut album in front of their home crowd there will be a free show held at Amoeba Records in Berkeley on Friday.
Some are calling 2009 the breakthrough year for Audrye Sessions, although appearing disarming and tame (don’t be fooled), they convey a fresh change of landscape with a emotive and moving sound enabling them to assert themselves as an up-and-coming indie pop progressive rock powerhouse.
Creating a sound that clicks of their own accord, it can have a slow and melodic mystical quality and then burst into a full-on rock power ballad or anthem. With two strong vocalists singing in duet or dual harmonies, Ryan Karazija and former model Alicia Marie Cambel can enrapture you in soft magical and mystical ways and crescendo into bold and complex intermingling arrangements. Performing a live cover of Elliot Smith’s “Waltz #2,” they unveil a brisk, airy, melancholic aura in conjunction with a tight balance of melodic guitar finger picking reverie as a backdrop to the soft and endearing vocals of Alicia. Alicia has also been covered in Seventeen magazine’s article, “17 Girls who Rock,” aside Chairlift, Cat Power, She & Him, and more.
On the track, “Turn Me Off,” the Audrye Sessions’ light, crisp rhythms lead into the tight thumping of drums and bass lending to the vocals of Ryan. As Ryan and company build a gutsy ballad of blind rejoicing about the bemusement of accepting the entirety of life, the lyrics are accompanied by the spiraling affects of ringing guitar riffs to bring a listener to an uplifting finish. Gathering momentum and gaining nationwide attention, Audrye Session’s video for “Turn Me Off” (see above) made AOL’s Spinner as the Video of the Day, and showed on MTV’s The Freshman.
Founded in 2006, The Bay Bridged is a 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization utilizing new media and presenting live events to support the San Francisco Bay Area’s indie rock, folk, and pop music communities.