‘There’s So Many People That Want To Be Loved’, the lead single from Londoners Sorry’s second full-length, paints a twisted picture of a disconnected city. The band have already drawn comparison between their two records; the first a comparably upbeat exploration of their hometown and the second a more haggard take. It’s this dark underbelly that permeates across the record’s morose tone, bigger and wider than on 2020’s ‘925’ - and altogether darker. It reeks of cobbled back alleys, underground dive bars and flickering streetlights, yet with a playful nod and an unmistakable affection. The band have in part teamed up with Portishead’s Adrian Utley on production duties, inspired by late 20th century songwriters and Stateside experimentalists. The influence is immediate, from the swirling soundscapes on ‘I Miss The Fool’ to ‘Closer’’s modern take on ‘90s alt, and much of the album’s haunting minimalist breakdowns. The stories being told match in tone, driven forward through a tantalising mix of urgency and despondency – mirroring the detached hustle of England’s capital. There’s an inescapable notion of an unknown destination. Sorry are travelling somewhere in the haze of London’s neon lights. Where? Well, anywhere but here.
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