Gregory Alan Isakov
Kris Orlowski, Patrick Park
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
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Gregory Alan Isakov
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and
calling Colorado home, Gregory Alan
Isakov has been traveling all his life.
Songs that hone a masterful quality
beyond his years tell a story of miles
and landscapes, and the search for a
sense of place.
Music has been a stabilizing and
constant force. “I’ve always had this
sense about music and writing that I sort
of have to do it. Like I’ll implode without
it. I probably wouldn’t do it if I felt any
His song-craft lends to the deepest lyrical
masterpieces, with hints of his
influences, Leonard Cohen and Bruce
Springsteen. He has been described as
“strong, subtle, a lyrical genius,” but the
source of his writing often remains a mystery to him. “My songs have nothing to do with me; they have a life of
their own. A lot of times I won’t know what a song is about when I’m writing it. It just has a certain feeling
Isakov has played numerous music festivals and venues across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. When he is not
on the road or writing, he is usually in his garden. A degree in horticulture might seem contradictory to a life
spent in motion, but Isakov finds balance in the quiet concentration of the work, creating roots that keep him
connected to home.
His new album, The Weatherman, was recorded mostly in solitude outside the quiet mountain town of
Nederland, Colorado over the course of a year and a half. "I wanted to make something that felt genuine. We
recorded everything with analogue gear and mixed it on tape, which gives the songs a raw and vulnerable
The title Isakov chose for the record reflects the nature of his external surroundings as much as his inner
experiences. References to the weather are a reoccurring theme in Isakov's writing, but there is a deeper
meaning behind the name.
"To me, the idea of a weatherman is really powerful. There's a guy on television or on the radio telling us the
future, and nobody cares. It's this daily mundane miracle, and I think the songs I chose are about noticing the
beauty in normal, everyday life."
For Seattle-based band Kris Orlowski, making music is about more than fulfilling personal agendas; it’s about creating something that touches the soul. Through relatable storytelling, husky harmonies and knack for hitting emotional highs, the band has touched the souls of people across the Pacific Northwest since 2010. In the wake of releasing three well-received EPs, touring the country and having songs featured on primetime television series, the act will release its first full-length album, Believer. Produced by Martin Feveyear, of Jupiter Studios in Seattle, the songs that make-up Believer were woven together along the West Coast: from the salty shores of Seaside, Ore., and Orcas Island’s Doe Bay, to the corners of Orlowski’s Seattle apartment – as well as the practice spaces in between. And the collection, rich with personal experiences and thoughtful reflection, may prove the band’s most honest and empowering work yet. Shedding the lush sounds of a 17 piece orchestra for more traditional rock and pop arrangements, the cinematic record is more punch-y and experimental than their earlier folk-infused traditions. “I think the album will inspire some hope, but I also think it will go beyond that and give people a reason to act,” Orlowski says. In other words, it might encourage finding something to believe in.
Patrick Park is a Colorado native that grew up outside of Denver, surrounded by words and music. His mother is a published poet, and his father played folk and blues on the guitar around the house. "I've written songs since I was a kid," he says. "There was nothing else that I really wanted to do—I was obsessed with it. I pretty much decided at the age of 13 or 14 that this was what I wanted to do." Now with three EPs and two full lengths to his name, Patrick Park is set to release his strongest set of songs yet with the new Come What Will lp.
"Park is an inheritor of the Elliott Smith melancholy mantle, with a less edgy and more traditional bent, and one of the great heartbreaking voices working in the acoustic singer-songwriter world today." - LA Times
"Those of us that miss the ruminative musings of Ryan Adams should focus their collective attention on Colorado singer-songwriter Patrick Park. But whereas most comparisons can detract from the music itself, this comparison is most assuredly a good thing. This kind of introspection was sorely lacking from the mainstream... From the lush, mid-tempo grandeur, to the melancholic meanderings, Park is one enduring gem. He chases down an Adams-like moment while also channeling the sensitivity of Gordon Lightfoot. With his deeply poetic lyrics, it's an inevitable proof that Park is undoubtedly an engaging and winning talent." – Absolute Punk
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