Sorry: Anywhere But Here review – bleary-eyed guitar afterparty with a dash of sweetness
Asha Lorenz and Louis O’Bryen swerve from hints of the Kinks to traces of Lou Reed with lyrics of pure youthful dread in this reflective, honest album
Several acts have put out quick-witted, affecting guitar music this year, including Wet Leg, Dry Cleaning, Nilüfer Yanya and Yard Act. London’s Sorry deserve their place on the mantel, too. The five-piece’s follow-up to 2020’s 925 puts indie, grunge, electronica and balladry through a meat grinder, landing on something that still sounds as nocturnal as their early mixtapes. Lyrically, Anywhere But Here deals in loneliness, love and the anonymity of the city. But there’s enough melodic sweetness in there to make sure it doesn’t feel needlessly sullen.