It Kindly Stopped For Me EPLabel: Topshelf Records Released: 04.22.16 Review by Emillie Marvel | April 22, 2016 at 8:00 PM
“Saw my chance and I took it, so that I could be more than my head let me believe.”
We’d say our favorite sad boys are back–but we know better than anyone this is about more than that. Sorority Noise’s new EP It Kindly Stopped For Me is as much about falling as it is about getting back up, as much about pain as it is about healing. Being sad isn’t something to be glorified, it’s something to grow through–and Sorority Noise are helping us do that yet again.
It won’t be long before you realize this EP is comprised of tracks in the same vein of their 2015 release Joy, Departed’s “Fuschia Black”. Some of these sounds could find a home on any meditation playlist, such as the end of “A Will’s” slow moving piano and rolling drum beat. Immersed in drowsy sounds and stunning lyricism, it’s not hard to enter a universe of daydreaming and deep thinking while listening. Another returning aspect is their penchant for writing about emotional struggles. From “desolate, and here’s the thing, it’s nothing new” to “I don’t know what that means, but I think I’ll be okay”, Sorority Noise captures what it feels like to battle mental illness, or just be lost in your own head, like no one else.
Similarities aren’t in short supply, but neither are new ideas. Hit play on “Fource” and find something you haven’t heard from Sorority Noise before, or from anyone at all for that matter. Hear vocalist Cameron Boucher take a walk in the woods, while speaking the words in his head. We dare you to find anything more raw than this, with stuttering and backtracking, breath-taking and footsteps. The personal connection in the song drives home the fact that they’re here, they understand, and they have ups and downs just like you–and they’re doing just fine.
Buy It, Skip It, Stream It: Buy It. Even if every song isn’t hopeful, It Kindly Stopped For Me will leave you feeling pretty damn happy.