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Album Review

Sorority Noise – It Kindly Stopped For Me EP

Sorority Noise - It Kindly Stopped For Me EP

Honest and endearing.

Label: Topshelf Records
Released: 22nd April 2016

Rating: ★★★★

Over the course of two sensational records, Sorority Noise have firmly found their place as one of the most poignant bands of the emo renaissance. Although they’ve been known to sporadically stray into more tender musical territories, this is the Connecticut quartet’s first full-blown acoustic foray – as you’d expect, all four tracks are just as honest and endearing as their electric arsenal of power-pop bangers.

‘Either Way’ is a solemn ode to those struggling to stand in the bastard storm of mental health (penned after frontman Cam Boucher learned of a friend’s passing), while the stomach-churning spoken word of ‘Fource’ will bring on the throat-lumps faster than Eternal Sunshine… ever could.

The heart-on-sleeve ideals that are so synonymous with the Northwestern scene have never been more integral to Sorority Noise. ‘It Kindly Stopped For Me’ mingles with tones not miles away from Sufjan Stevens and early Bon Iver, but the cathartic lyrics make it unmistakably their own. Danny Randon