In 39 minutes and 45 seconds, Sløtface’s new album “Sorry for the late reply” addresses issues of desire, breakups and climate change. In “Sorry for the late reply,” Sløtface blends elements of pop, rock and alternative music to produce an unparalleled listening experience for listeners.
Sløtface, pronounced “slutface,” is a Norwegian pop-punk band based in Stavanger, Norway. The band is composed of vocalist Haley Shea, guitarist Tor-Arne Vikingstad, drummer Halvard Skeie Wiencke and bassist Lasse Lokøy. Signed to Propeller Recordings, the band has released two EPs, a myriad of singles and two albums.
Released on January 31, “Sorry for the late reply” displays the band’s impressive talent for storytelling. Each song has its own unique tale to tell, and Sløtface succeeds in their portrayal of each song’s narrative. A few of the songs featured on the album include “Passport,” “Luminous” and “Laughing at Funerals.”
In “Telepathetic,” Sløtface is the epitome of tough love. Throughout the song, Sløtface promotes action instead of mere thought. “Telepathetic” describes the struggle of desiring more out of life while simultaneously refusing to pursue a goal. The title fuses “telepathic” and “pathetic” to create a play on words, emphasizing the playfully aggressive nature of the tune and continuing the theme of being unhappy in one’s current lifestyle. This lighthearted song is upbeat and boasts a slightly fuzzy guitar solo, which sets the tone for the rest of the song.
“Telepathetic” reaches its climax in the second repetition of the song’s final chorus with the continued phrase “thinking if you think hard you’ll make it happen,” emphasizing how one must work towards a better lifestyle, rather than waiting for a spark to magically occur.
“Stuff” tells the optimistic tale of a post-breakup apartment. Shea begins each verse describing objects around her apartment that once had a sentimental connection to her ex-partner. Sløtface begins the song with an enormous burst of energy that then settles into an introspective first verse.
From there, the song transforms into an uplifting message on finding oneself after a breakup. In the chorus, Sløtface creates an association between the objects in Shea’s apartment and her memories of the relationship. As time progresses, the sentimentality behind the apartment’s objects fades and so do the reminders of the breakup. In the song’s bridge, Shea’s painful memories recede and allow her to open herself to fresh starts, as shown through the lyric “New plans / New Sunday morning rituals.”
In “Stuff,” Sløtface creates an atmosphere of healing from trauma and moving on from heartbreak. The song’s mild, fun atmosphere allows listeners to relate to Shea’s pain while simultaneously revealing a vulnerable side to Sløtface’s image.
In “Sink or Swim” Sløtface produces a social commentary on climate change. The song references the album’s title in the lyric “Sorry for the Late Reply,” which refers to mankind’s delayed response to the worsening climate.
Sløtface’s dynamic remains consistent throughout the song until the last chorus, which leads into a buildup of explosion of sound. The song comments on issues, such as unusually warm temperatures, rising sea levels and pollution in the ocean. While the phrase “Sink or Swim” is usually used as an idiom, Sløtface means for this phrase to be taken literally — is action isn’t taken to fix the worsening climate, humanity cannot continue. This song is a cry for help in the form of solemn lyrics and powerful instrumentals.
In stark contrast to other songs on this album, “New Year, New Me” is uncharacteristically calm. The song’s bassline and Shea’s vocals are almost hypnotic throughout the verses and the chorus. Unlike Sløtface’s other songs, “New Year, New Me” lacks deeper meaning. The biggest strength of “New Year, New Me” is it is unlike other songs on this album. This is also, however, the song’s biggest shortcoming. Though the song stands out from the rest of the album, it lacks the proper energy to carry the rest of the album’s energy and leaves the listener feeling unsatisfied.
“Sorry for the late reply” is jam-packed with defiant lyrics and headbanging instrumentals. Transitions from song to song flow well and are pleasing to the ear, and this well-rounded album is thunderous in its musicality. With an album full of introspective songs, Sløtface creates seemingly effortless melodies with worthwhile lyrics. “Crying in Amsterdam (Reprise),” the album’s concluding song, leaves listeners wanting more.
At its core, “Sorry for the late reply” is born out of Sløtface’s effort to narrate stories through music. Through Sløtface’s supercharged fusion of pop, rock and alternative, they have successfully created an album with a story behind every song. In “Sorry for the late reply,” Sløtface exceeds expectations by producing an album worth listening to. This cheeky, defiant album is ideal for car rides with the windows down and the volume turned all the way up.