Sometimes, there are some albums that shift away from any intent of being creative or any kind of artistic product at that. All they aim to be are simply laid-bare, diary-laden confessionals. Sorority Noise bring that vulnerability and that exposure on Joy, Departed which would suit fans of The Hotelier and Annabel pretty well in its indie/emo stance. What makes this record resonate however isn’t its DIY appeal but it’s the stories of love, broken hearts and depression that vocalist Cameron Boucher spills. He wears his heart on his sleeve and it’s a very emotionally heavy album to take in but one that’s full of impact.
The themes of the album are fraught with sadness and bring out a strong sense of endearment. It’s really tough relating to these songs, personally, because of the experiences I endured with someone I intended to marry in 2013. What Boucher does is remind us of how it feels to live with depression and a sense of loss. He’s open, honest and you can feel how therapeutic this record is, for both him and yourself, as a listener. “Blissth” and “Corrigan” are slow-burners, filling space from quiet lulls to loud crescendos, which really give them a sense of urgency, as seen on their indie-flavour off a recent split with Somos.
Boucher then throws a curveball with the poppy, upbeat spins of “Nosley” and “Art School Wannabe” whose musical tempos you’d never associate with such melancholy themes. It’s made for fans of Weezer and Death Cab For Cutie. This makes the darker turns on the more broody, grungy “Your Soft Blood” stand out even more. It’s a brilliant contrast on a record that embodies a lot of what it feels like to be bipolar, schizophrenic and overall, broken to pieces. Not saying that Boucher was any or all of these things, but as his words convey, when you hit rock bottom things unfold in the most crashing manners. It’s nice to hear him reveal so much, so intimately, but what really wins is that he seems to have found a sense of perseverance. The album’s a tight-knit guitar-intricate indie gem but overall it’s an album for alike souls looking for comfort in each other. It’s heart and soul brought to the light.
4 / 5 Stars
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