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.
Dating back nearly two years now, Maini Sorri has been a continued feature here on the Independent Spotlight. The intensely prolific songwriter, who now has 25 albums in her discography, has proven to be a resilient and compellingly creative talent. A veteran of the indie music scene, Sorri has traversed a slew of genres with ever-increasing prowess. Her first release of 2017, a single entitled ‘Parting Of Our Way,’ is out now. Let’s dig into it.
Predictably, Sorri has jumped genres since the last time we delved into her tunes. ‘Parting Of Our Way’ has a decisively rock and roll oriented sound, one that walks a line between 1980s nostalgia and contemporary pop sensibility. Written by Gary Cornman with instrumentation by Orlando Mestre, the powerhouse track is arguably one of the more driving, bombastic efforts in Sorri’s catalog. It’s a huge sound, which is contrasted in an intriguing way with Sorri’s signature soft-spoken croons.
Vocally, I’d perhaps align Sorri with a performer like Yoko Ono. She has a very expressive, unique voice, and it’s a good one, too. It is, however, unconventional. The included lyric sheet will help guide listeners through their first few listens of this track. After that, though, the song will slowly seep into one’s mind with its infectious hooks and explosive production. I adore how Sorri harmonizes with herself; it’s a great sound.
‘Parting Of Our Way’ is a wham, bam, thank you, ma’am sort of track. Clocking in less than three minutes, the song is a perfect ‘radio single.’ As per usual, Sorri has included an instrumental version of the track as well. In truth, it feels very empty. Sorri’s presence and personality is what makes her music excellent. Without it, the music just feels like a shell of its former self. For fans who would like to explore Mestre’s composition without Sorri’s vocals, however, it is available.
‘Parting Of Our Way’ is an excellent track. I love that Maini Sorri is continuing to experiment within her sound. It’s a great pop rock single that offers some classic sensibility that’ll be nostalgic for fans of 1980s rock and roll. Stream it below!