OK Orchestra is the fourth studio album from the Manhattan-based trio, AJR. It’s perhaps their most emotionally charged album to date, borne out of the lonesomeness brought on by COVID-19 as they contemplate common quarantine struggles - mental health, connection with others, and simply being human. Despite vulnerable undertones, the album still feels mostly upbeat and fun-loving. It’s hard not to crack a smile when they ponder one of life’s greatest mysteries: “I keep losing my socks - where the hell did they go?” Of course, they have their classic thumping baselines, inspiring synths, and experimental electronic samples that put their signature doo-wop beats on full display. It’s the instrumentation in OK Orchestra that takes this album to the next level and shows off the true brilliance of AJR as a group. They’ve got violins, drums, trumpets, pianos, and even old-timey choirs highlighted throughout the album that ultimately help create the theatrical world of OK Orchestra.
Bonus Content: AJR is comprised of brothers Adam, Jack and Ryan (hence the name AJR) and who basically grew up creating music in their bedroom on beat pads, keyboards, and computers. It’s this eclectic style their audience has come to know and love and is a journey that have been super transparent about with their fans. Check out this videos where AJR breaks down exactly how they created some one of their most popular songs, Bang!
Release date: March 26th, 2021
Similar artist(s): Jon Bellion, fun., Hot Chelle Rae
Top tracks: Bang!, Way Less Sad, Bummerland