In a sentence:
Drawing on pop, post-punk, grunge and jazz, Asha Lorenz and Louis O’Bryen miraculously make their influences cohere on their first Sorry album ‘925’.
Despite early comparisons to fellow London bands Shame
Girl, Sorry’stake on guitar music is markedly different. Led
by songwriting duo Asha Lorenz and Louis O’Bryen, their music has little regard
for genre conventions. A sludgy bricolage that gleefully pulls from pop,
post-punk, grunge and jazz, it’s a unique, intoxicating brand of indie rock,
and Lorenz and O’Bryen’s apathetic vocal stylings pull their limitless sound
Brimming with ideas and unwavering confidence, their first
full-length album 925 expands on the promise of their demos. ‘Starstruck’
remains the shining example of their capabilities. The closest Sorry have come
to an outright pop smash, sharp, jagged guitars intertwine while Lorenz spins a
tale of infatuation with a trademark shrug (“You’re the looker, liquor,
sugar / And I’m the rotten apple of your eye”). Elsewhere, ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll
Star’ and ‘Right Round The
Clock’ deconstruct the fantasies of celebrity over sleazy saxophones; the
latter even features a droll interpolation of Tears For Fears’ ‘Mad World’ (“I’m
feeling kinda crazy, I’m feeling kinda mad / The dreams in which we’re famous
are the best I’ve ever had”).
Amongst the sardonicism are some surprisingly beautiful
moments. ‘Heather’ is a folksy romp designed for picturesque summer evenings
with its rusty guitars and joyful brass. Accompanied by an angelic choir,
Lorenz searches for happiness in dark times on ‘Ode To Joy’ (“This is an ode
to joy / ’Cause there is no joy”), while ‘As The Sun Sets’ delves
into psychedelia with its glistening synths and towering drums. The shifts in
genre or tone don’t feel forced or incoherent, nor do the interjections of
glitchy electronics or reverberant sax. In fact, they help to submerge us
further into Sorry’s fragmented world, and heightens the inherent strangeness of
925 is an exciting debut, and one that’ll keep you
guessing with each song. Sorry’s cooler-than-thou demeanour slightly dampens
the emotion at the core of the album, but it’s more than compensated for by
their unrestrained creativity, bold production and sharp, clever songwriting. (8/10)
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Tags: 925, album, Asha Lorenz, Louis O'Bryen, Matthew Watkin, Sorry
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