Sorry have just released ‘Twixtustwain’, a 5-track EP that sees the enigmatic North London duo continue to cultivate their experimental sound. The project includes previously released singles ‘Cigarette Packet’ and ‘Separate’ alongside three brand new tracks.
Whilst a cliché of music journalism, it must be said that Sorry’s music utterly defies genre conventions. The pair re-work ‘90s sounds, blending elements of alt rock and trip hop, but also draw from a host of other genres including art pop, indie rock, and psychedelia. ‘Twixtustwain’ provides merely another example of Sorry’s ability to not just simply evade any strict definition of genre, but to fuse elements of disparate genres together. For instance, ‘Things to Hold On To’ combines downtempo electronica production with rock guitar riffs, whilst ‘Cigarette Packet’ is a mellow indie pop track with a postpunk edge.
Speaking about the new EP in a press release, the duo said, “The ‘Twixtustwain’ songs, shapes and forms are more odd and misshaped to fit around the mantra type lyrical lines. They are smaller ideas that we wanted to explore and put out between albums to follow from the ‘Home Demo/ns’ [two mixtapes they released in 2017]. Then we’ve wanted ‘Home Demons’ up for a while too, so more people can enjoy them now. They also show the songs / ideas that developed into ‘925’ [their debut album].”
The pair’s debut album ‘925’ was released last year to critical acclaim, almost universally acknowledged as a triumph. NME awarded the album five stars, DIY Mag awarded the album 4.5 stars, and The Line of Best Fit gave it a rating of 9.5 out 10. However, without the privilege of live performances due to COVID restrictions, the duo have not truly been able to gauge how their music has been received by their audience.
Louis O’Bryen, one half of the London duo, recently articulated this feeling in an interview with NME, stating, “It’s been super-strange. Playing live is how you assess how stuff is going – by seeing people’s reactions to it. But now we’ve only been able to figure on what’s going on with the album from the internet, which all seems fake. It’s been hard to figure out how it’s doing.”
Having already had to cancel a string of live performances that were scheduled for next month, Sorry will hopefully be able to remedy this problem later in the year. In turn, they will be given an opportunity to experience first-hand the impact that their music has had on the UK scene.
Sorry’s new EP ‘Twixtustwain’ is available to stream below: