The title of the sophomore collaborative EP, "The Pieces We Are," from Kris Orlowski and Andrew Joslyn is an apt description of the musical vision of this industrious pair. It is more than just an orchestral rock album: it is a collective of artists, photographers, and videos which all coincide into a singular storyline from a Pacific Northwest community.
The talents of Kris Orlowski’s songwriting and baritone swoon have carved out a niche in the Northwest, backed by the significant talents of his folk-pop band, Mark Isakson on guitar, Torry Anderson on keys, Aaron O'Neil on drums, and Tyler Carroll on bass. Sound on the Sound says…“A troubadour by definition, whose full bodied croon develops a charisma all its own". Orlowski writes from a real, unguarded place and that accessibility is tangible, but also provocative.
Alongside Orlowski, there is the up-and-coming composer and violinist, Andrew Joslyn, who is a seasoned arranger and performer with some of the most iconic Northwest musicians such as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, David Bazan, and Allen Stone. Between Orlowski and Joslyn is a friendship and musical relationship that has been years in the making.
After the success of their debut album, "Kris Orlowski with the Passenger String Quartet at the Fremont Abbey", which is currently playing in Starbucks nationwide, this new EP is a natural progression in scope, direction, and musical ingenuity. Expanding beyond the size of a classical string quartet, and encompassing a full orchestra, complete with woodwinds, brass, percussion, and choir is not a simple feat. Andrew Joslyn thrives in this territory however, as a film scorer, and regular composer for the Seattle Rock Orchestra - and brings a new breadth to Kris Orlowski's emotionally rapt songs.
Encompassing the visual aspects of this record is a large community of photographers and videographers from Seattle, as well as a wide international base, including artists from Mexico, Israel and beyond. Included in this group is Andria Lindquist, Lonnie Webb, Noah Kline, Tyler Karlberg, Hilary Harris, Vincenzo Frattarola, Brad Curran, Cubby Graham, and an assortment of other collaborators. Kris and Andrew hand-picked these artists to showcase their individual talents, by giving a different musical track to each photographer, and letting them derive their own inspiration from the music itself.
At times cinematic and powerful, at other moments heart-wrenching and somber, the album soars from start to finish. Shards of intimate stories, yes. Orchestral pieces, yes. "In essence, We are like pieces in a jigsaw puzzle. We are all unique, and have our own special place in the puzzle of the universe. Without each of us, the puzzle is incomplete. ” - anonymous.
In the end, This is the pieces we are.