Meg Myers Sorry on LP + CD
Over the past two years, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Meg Myers has earned both a devoted fanbase and critical praise thanks to the deeply cathartic songs on her two EPs, 2013's Daughter In the Choir and 2014's Make A Shadow. Fans and critics have also been won over by the intense nature of Myers' live performances, which have included support slots with Pixies, Alt-J, Broods, and Royal Blood, as well as sold-out headlining shows. Both onstage and on her recordings, Myers displays a richly powerful voice that can slide from a feathery trill to an anguished howl on a dime, making it the perfect instrument with which to express her brooding lyrics.
Fans and critics alike should be equally enamored with Myers' upcoming debut full-length album Sorry. As she has in her previous work, Myers continues to explore the tension between light and dark, sweet and bitter, and love and hate on the layered guitar-synth soundscapes she creates with her collaborator, the songwriter-producer Andy Rosen. But Sorry also finds Myers connecting with her more joyful, uplifting side on new songs like "Motel," "Feather," and the unabashedly poppy "Lemon Eyes." The songs on Sorry chronicle the last two years of Myers' life, much of which found her on the road and away from loved ones.
Title track "Sorry" came out of her feeling like she was blowing it in all of her relationships." Other album tracks range from the deeply personal acoustic guitar-driven ballad "The Morning After" to the raging, unapologetic single "Desire," to the raw nihilism of "I Really Want You To Hate Me." On the single "Lemon Eyes," Myers delivers another upbeat and undeniably catchy track full of pop melodies and abrupt guitar riffs. Another album standout is "Motel," came to life one night while Myers was holed up in a crappy motel. The song features a spoken-word interlude from one of Myers' idols, Townes Van Zandt, who can be heard saying: "From recognizing sadness, you can put it aside and be happy and enjoy the happy side of life."
Myers has let her pop instincts temper the dark quality of her songs, creating a welcome balance on Sorry. "I love that I can show all these different sides of myself," Myers says. "Through writing these songs, I've allowed myself to have joy in my life. When you come from a rough childhood, it can seem hard, but you can change your life if you change your perception. I want to help people do that."