Revolving around a tasty instrumental refrain in which a hypnotic bassline welds itself to a pounding soul beat, ‘Sorry’, the lead track of California trio The Moth & the Flame’s new EP (simply titled ‘&’), is a sparkling composition of melodramatic indie-rock. “Sorry, For Everything I’ve Done” laments Brandon Robbins’ falsetto vocal over a strident alt-ballad, delivered in triple time and artfully produced to shine a light on the players’ every flourish, drawing out each searing keyboard effect and cymbal crash to max the song’s dynamics. This sleek production, courtesy of Joey Waronker, is evident throughout the six-track release, but, rather like that moth becoming too familiar with the flame, the collection flares brightly before losing its lustre, fading into melancholy MOR by closing number ‘How We Woke Up’ (a recent support tour with Imagine Dragons is perhaps an indicator of the band’s less-progressive tendencies). But let’s embrace the positive, and ‘Sorry’ — as lean a stadia-oriented-indie single as you’ll have heard this year — doesn't deserve to be ignored. Check it, along with a curious desert-based last-man-on-Earth scenario, via the promo below.
Sorry is out on Hidden Records now
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