review: SORRY's "925"
The London-based post-punk quartet is spearheading the indie rock revival with a deep, cool slickness. ★★★★☆
If you’re unfamiliar with the sound of Sorry, the London quartet’s discography is laced with eerie vocals, grunge undertones, and spoken lyrics brimming with eccentricity, all highlighted with a pinch of delinquency. Don’t let this moody ambiance discourage you, though — their tracks are rewarding playbacks that will leave you humming melodies for days on end.
They’re quickly establishing themselves to be a staple group within the UK post-punk and indie-rock revival scene and are only going to continue to grow. Now, with this notch in their belt, I think it’s safe to say that they’re not going to be fighting for the limelight anytime soon.
Throughout the thirteen-track LP, singles like “Rock n Roll Star, “Starstruck,” and “More” are sprinkled like gold dust. Momentum for the record began to grow alongside the release of these singles and said tracks gained notoriety from several surrounding publications, including the likes of NME and Loud and Quiet who praised the group for their ‘refreshing’ style.
925 elicits an undeniable tenderness within its lyrics. The nonchalant verses of one of their most acclaimed singles “Right Around the Clock” highlight the vexatious, irritating cycle of a relationship destined for failure. In which lead singer Asha Lorenz rhapsodizes “she runs circles around you, you don’t even have a clue” in a dejected, deadpan manner. The performance condemns Lorenz’s lyrics to feel detached, yet the listenership remains invested in their relatability, easily placing them into a reminiscence of their own relationships; a complexity that is hard to find nowadays. It would have been easy for lead singer Lorenz and co-frontman/guitarist Louis O’Bryen to implement a platitudinal romanticism throughout the LP, but they steered away from it and stuck to the unnerving roots that turned heads, to begin with. O’Bryen’s artistry is accentuated through the dashings of his sombre background vocals. They create deep harmonies that result in an overall well-polished, complex craft.
Through 925, it’s easy to get lost within the hybrid of post-punk rock with electronic and gothic kicks that make the album swiftly pass by. There isn’t a track that falls short of the rest, either.
“As the Sun Sets” holds all of the characteristics of Sorry that fans have come to adore over the last three years: a menacing backing track built on a disheartened bassline and lucid drumming, lyrics that delicately lace along, and a sublime crescendo. The penultimate track, “Ode to Boy,” detonates like a bomb. From the echoing backing vocals to the minimalistic instrumental work and zest of pop acoustics, the single stands out as a notable track to commemorate Sorry’s eligibility to construct a multi-genre range of music. From prominent indie pop through to bedroom grunge, nothing seems out of reach for the band who remain keen to explore diverse styles. Lorenz’s vocals evoke a sense of hope, bringing an innocent, rose-tinted sheen to the end of the album. It shies away from the punk elements of their discography and proposes evolution in the group’s further developments.
While 925 has been a highly successful debut, it can only be hoped that it doesn’t become impossible to move forward from. It feels highly improbable that the band will stray away from their effervescent sound, but it would be interesting to see a further shift away from post-punk sensibility to a lighter indie-rock sound. The group’s deadpan and sincere tone makes their work more than easy to picture yourself in, which could easily lead to them becoming a fundamental piece of the UK’s alternative scene when reflected upon in the coming years. ✰
Ellie Smith is a fifteen-year-old student based in the midlands of England. Ellie has a deep admiration for gigs, galleries and generous helpings of cosy nights. As a writer for Haloscope, she aims to embody her passions and pass the love on to someone else. Whether it's a zestful new album review or an inquisitive interview, she hopes that you will come to love it just as much as her. Feel free to keep up with her on her Instagram: @how2leavetown!