Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
For over a year now, Maini Sorri has been a semi-regular feature here on the Independent Spotlight. I’ve delved into a broad spectrum of her work and her ability to harness an array of genres in a seemingly effortless fashion has kept me in a position of lauding her creativity. In particular, her production techniques are fascinating. Her latest effort is ‘I Fall To Pieces,’ a straight-up rock and roller. How is it against her impressive catalog? Let’s find out.
To preface, it’s worth reminding readers that Sorri is uniquely prolific. She’s got twenty-four CD’s in her catalog now, spanning pop, rock, dance, and techno. Within each of those spheres, Sorri experiments a bit to make each track her own. On ‘I Fall To Pieces,’ she’s opted for a bombastic, anthemic track that slams the listener with a whole lot of heavy instrumentation.
That instrumentation was performed and recorded by Orlando Mestre, who lives in the US. (Remember, Sorri is based out of Sweden and collaborates with artists all around the world to achieve her sound.) Mestre’s performance is good, though the atmosphere he’s created does feel a bit dated. The solo at 2:25, for example, feels like it was pulled out of a 1980s Bon Jovi track. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s not contemporary. (Thus, this is only a problem depending on how Sorri wants the track to feel.)
Sorri’s vocals are solid, as usual. She’s got a signature style that one becomes accustomed to as they spend more time with her catalog. I’d actually align her vocal style to that of Yoko Ono. I mean that as a compliment, too. Ono has produced some exceptional work. (Just listen to ‘Season of Glass.’) Sorri's typical pop sensibility is infused into ‘I Fall To Pieces’ as well, and it’s a catchy tune.
It’s hard to put out music… period. It’s dramatically harder to do so at the expedited rate that Maini Sorri does, and maintain any level of quality. She does that, though, and ‘I Fall To Pieces’ is a nice entry into her rock portfolio. In the future, I’d be very interested in hearing Sorri in a more stripped down soundscape - perhaps with acoustic instrumentation. For now, though, listen to ‘I Fall To Pieces’ below.
(Oh, and I’d recommend spinning the track with vocals. The instrumental version feels a bit void of emotion, as Sorri is the catalyst for the personality of the track.)