Review Summary: Nonconformist in nature. Brilliant in execution.
Imagine a band without the single use of a piano, bass, or traditional drums. Imagine if a band used only home made instruments yet conveyed a full and almost overwhelming rush of sound. This band is SORNE.
SORNE comes straight out of Austin Texas and is fronted by a young man known as Morgan Sorne. This man is a visual artist, a musician, and a poet. Combine all of these and you get an entirely unorthodox approach to music that sounds nothing like anything else in existence. The only conventional instrument used on this release is an old guitar. According to the artist, an old hollowed out log is used at one point, among other handcrafted percussion instruments. It may be modern in date, but it sounds so ancient. Picture a tribe with some drums archaically chanting in the night. Then, put Sorne's haunting, sometimes Glassjaw-esque, vocals on top of it all. Once this odd Frankenstein of music has been formed, ancient music becomes new again.
Additional to this strange conglomeration of music is an absolutely amazing vocalist. Every word uttered by Morgan Sorne is enough to send shutters up the spine. This adds an incredibly eerie feeling to the entirety of the album. The instrumental sections are already frighteningly beautiful as is, but with Sorne's soaring and wailing voice, each and every track sounds almost choral in nature. Not only is Sorne's voice magnificent, but so is his lyricism. At times ancient topics, such as birth order and death, are sung out by the vocalist. At others, pure anger is all that exudes from his mouth. These lyrics are certainly not sub-par.
Each and every thing about this album is perfect. Not an odd percussion instrument is out of place, nor is a vocal section, a lyric, or a chant. Everything falls into its perfect place. However, what makes this album absolutely incredible is the fact that it is entirely its own. There is not a single way to define this, it consists of an explosion of musicianship that spans genres and millenniums.
Sorne is a musician on top of his game, and his freshman release certainly exhibits his raw talent. This musician is certainly one to keep an eye on in the following years. This is absolutely phenomenal in every sense of the word. Music cannot get more unique and authentic than this.