Sorry
925


4.0
excellent

Review

by SowingSeason STAFF
March 29th, 2020 | 26 replies


Release Date: 03/27/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Strange. Sexy. Surreal.

925 is a syrupy, drug riddled alt-rock debut. Groovy basslines zoom us in and out of focus, while Asha Lorenz’s deep, seductive vocals intertwine with Louis O’Bryen’s in a most incongruous yet highly addictive fashion. The album thrives in its murky little world, where experimentation is just as common as brazen, “too-cool-to-care” plagiarism – such as the direct rip-off of Tears For Fears' ‘Mad World’ on the swaggering opener ‘Right Round the Clock’. 925 often drifts to-and-fro in a manner that dangerously approaches monotonous repetition, but it almost always curves at exactly the right point to drive us somewhere new and interesting. It’s about as strange of a debut as you can imagine; one that is layered and hypnotic yet also very tuneful and immediate.

Sorry’s first album confidently pits genres against one another: electronic vibrations are nestled in-between gritty rock ‘n’ roll and flourishes of jazz, while the entire palette finds itself awash in a glaze of indie-stylings and modern production. It’s a concoction that is both deliriously off-kilter and remarkably in-touch – it plays heavily to the notion that “all music has been done before” by showing reckless abandon with its ambitious pursuit of sounds both old and new. The entire experience is also very moody, bitter, and sarcastic – the ruminations of two lifelong friends (Lorenz, O’Bryen) who find themselves navigating this very confusing, very fucked up world. The lyrics follow suit – most often showing a very tongue-in-cheek sense of awareness and using it for purposes of self-deprecation: “You're an eager fool to love this fox”, Asha sings on the eerie “Wolf”, before expressing doubt about the very foundation of the relationship, “These knots are tied with feeble hands / The slightest tug pulls them apart.” These sort of passages course throughout 925’s veins, providing solid depth and a profound backbone to all of the addictive, harmonic dreariness that swirls around and engulfs each word.

For as removed from reality as 925 can become through its fearless whims and meandering exploration, it is still very rooted in the present. “Snakes” espouses feelings of regretful lust (“I never thought about you in your underwear, ‘cause I didn't wanna think what was under there / Still when I get a little drunk, ‘wanna tell you that I think about you very much (Think about you, fuck)” all while taking the track’s gentler beginnings and evolving into something far more acrimonious and cryptic – for example, there’s a mirroring effect that mimics the sound of a rattlesnake as she sings, “snakes didn't even scare me quite like you did.” It’s this kind of emotional willingness that, when paired with the record’s appetite for hazy, gritty rock, makes Sorry’s debut quite the unexpected blend of sexy and surreal. When you throw in the hooks and melodies that the band sprinkles throughout every single track, you have a recipe for something truly special.

The magic that Lorenz and O’Bryen make together is a strange one, but it’s highly effective. 925 keeps your ears glued to the stereo even through the penultimate ‘Ode to Boy’ – replete with trippy, psychedelic vocal samples and a haunting choir – as well as the epic closer ‘Lies (Refix)’, which sees Lorenz’s shouts approach screaming during select junctures as the entire album fades into a beefy electric guitar solo that masks her chants of “heaven’s waiting…”. 925 is a bold and enthralling work whose ambition borders on arrogance. Somehow, all of the moving pieces fit and sound like perfect complements to each other. It’s a highly dissonant, sweetly melodic, and intensely emotional debut that brings a fiery, mysterious demeanor to the table. Sorry is exactly the shot in the arm that indie-rock has been missing lately – a fearless band that has set out to make its mark on the new decade, and with 925, already has.



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SowingSeason
Moderator
March 29th 2020


36215 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Way better than I thought it was going to be. Highly recommend.

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PistolPete
March 29th 2020


5200 Comments


Asha’s voice kinda reminds me of Karen O a lot in that bratty, “you can’t sit with us” way. I’m only a couple songs in though, it’s dece!

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Scoot
March 29th 2020


20260 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is interesting

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SowingSeason
Moderator
March 29th 2020


36215 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This isn't the kind of album I'd listen to for something catchy, but it definitely scratches that "weird, moody" itch.

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
March 30th 2020


20574 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hmmmm sounds up my alley

SowingSeason
Moderator
March 30th 2020


36215 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It might be; it's a bit amorphous. I'm not trying to back off my 4.0 but I think it's better than it is memorable, if that makes sense. Lots of experimentation and cool ideas, but it doesn't exactly take form for more than bits and pieces of tracks.

EclipseInYourEyes
March 30th 2020


1653 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

just put on the first track and this is kinda intriguing

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dmathias52
Contributing Reviewer
March 30th 2020


1472 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is really good holy cow. Wish they put in some more of the jazz flourishes cause those rock my world, but yeah insanely into this

EclipseInYourEyes
March 30th 2020


1653 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah, this is pretty good. would give a 3.8. How did you find them, Sowing?

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
March 31st 2020


20574 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This opener has got a "Lullabies"-era QotSA swagger to it and I'm here for it

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
March 31st 2020


20574 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

First 4 songs here absolutely rip, disappointed with the rest so far but they're still very good

SowingSeason
Moderator
March 31st 2020


36215 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Last 2 songs and Wolf are among the best, but yeah the first 4 are incredible

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
April 1st 2020


20574 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Those are great picks too agreed, looking to be a strong 4 for me

MindsOfMen
April 2nd 2020


155 Comments


From the band name, I'm surprised they're not Canadian.

bloodshy
April 2nd 2020


2625 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

neat



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neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
April 2nd 2020


20574 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Starstruck" and "In Unison" are my choice cuts from this one

TheSupernatural
April 2nd 2020


2145 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is pretty cool, could see it bumping to a 4 for me if I keep listening to it. Lots of really interesting songs, and they are pretty catchy when they want to be.

Ashtiel
April 9th 2020


1090 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

that vocal delivery on "Right Round the Clock" makes me feel some kinda way, damn.

"I'll put her in my movie...to make her real."

either way I really love this, for a lethargic pop feel and syrupy indie rock. vaguely reminds me of Wolf Alice's schtick.

Ashtiel
April 9th 2020


1090 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Starstruck" and "As the Sun Sets" are great too..

klap
Staff Reviewer
September 9th 2020


12330 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

sad this didn't get more love here, one of my faves this year



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