Nashville-born, Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Meg Myers makes her full-length debut with 2015's Sorry. The album comes on the heels of her two well-received EPs, 2013's Daughter in the Choir and 2014's Make a Shadow. As with those releases, Sorry once again finds Myers collaborating with longtime producer Dr. Rosen Rosen. Together, they craft moody, electronic-tinged rock anthems centered on Myers' yearning, passionate vocals. While Myers' distinctive brand of dark pop fits nicely next to contemporaries like Lorde and Florence + the Machine, Sorry also brings to mind the work of alternative rock-era icons like Sinéad O'Connor and Garbage. Included on Sorry is the urgent '90s grunge-influenced single "Lemon Eyes".
Basically, this is a retitled reissue of the 1963 Hangin' Twenty album, with a couple Myers & the Surftones' tracks from the 1963 compilation album KFWB's Battle of the Surfing Bands! added as bonus cuts. For most people a Dick Dale best-of will suffice as a representative slab of this kind of music, but if you're enchanted by Dick Dale-style instrumental surf and want some more records in the same style, this should certainly be on your list. Although Myers did R&B-surf blends well, of more interest are the more exotic items, like the minor key "King's Surf," "Aquavelva" (motored by a walking bass and spooked-out, icy reverb lead), and "Moment of Truth," which recalls and stands up to Dick Dale with its staccato lead guitar and snaky middle eastern horn solo. In fact there's pretty good Dale-style guitar throughout, although without as much of the fury or wattage. ~ Richie Unterberger