Meg Myers already feels like a star. That’s how fully-formed her track Sorry was when we first heard, a furious guitar-driven track that was ironically rather unapologetic about both its post-breakup intentions and the feet it had entrenched in pop.
Good for her, we say, and good for her debut album too. She isn’t interested in regular, modern pop tropes – there’s barely a quirky electronic whirr in sight – but she grasps her childhood influences of punk and grunge and moulds them into quite a fierce identity. There aren’t many acts who’d follow a Townes van Zandt audio clipping with a massive key change, as she does on Motel. All you have to do is marvel at the hugely successful risk.
Even though this is Myers’s debut, there’s a very much lived-in quality to her sound (like if Sky Ferreira came with more of a commercial polish). That could be due to her own musical background before major label signing, but it means A Bolt From The Blue and Lemon Eyes get appropriately large choruses. An all-too-emo mid-section lets it down a bit – Desire and co veer dangerously close to that Evanescence sound – but Myers has enough charisma to rein it back by the end. Apologetic title it may be, but the quality here is unapologetically wonderful.
Sorry by Meg Myers can be ordered here.