Published Mar 27, 2020Childhood friends Asha Lorenz and Louis O'Bryen began their musical ventures as a cover band playing Jimi Hendrix songs. Now known as Sorry, the London, UK-based pair write smoky, sexy, and gloomy bedroom indie rock about the everyday dwellings of broke early 20-somethings on their debut studio album, 925.
Following their 2017 and 2018 mixtapes Home Demon/ns Vol I and Home Demon/ns Vol II, the UK duo teamed up with producer James Dring to create the dark and hazy atmosphere of 925. Sorry's blend of grunge and trip-hop are reminiscent of late night underground bars, or having band rehearsal in an old friend's basement.
A loungy presence is riddled throughout most of 925, beginning with the alluring saxophone and piano of opening track "Right Round the Clock," making the listener feel like they've walked into an exclusive jazz club. Love and relationship troubles pop up all over, from the hypnotic and sensual "Snakes" to the melancholic and lovelorn "Rosie."
Distorted and fuzzy guitars mingle enchantingly with Lorenz's idle vocals, with O'Bryen's echoing beneath hers. Tracks like "Wolf" and "Heather" can be clunky and lack stable direction, and "Lies (Refix)" leaves something to be desired as a lackluster closing track. Still, it's songs like the irresistibly punky "More" that tie the record's omnipresent ambience of early-adulthood ennui together.
925 is a cohesive, enjoyable, drug-infused debut about two longtime friends trying to make sense of being young in a dreary world. Despite a few hiccups, the record is a moody and exciting treat by an act to keep your eyes and ears on. (Domino)