Thursday, February 25th, 2021

Mery Spolsky – Sorry From the Mountain

We check in with Polish pop again, and are not sorry at all…


Katherine St Asaph: Perhaps like Polish pop’s answer to Grimes, and exactly like if Gwen Stefani’s reintroduction to herself had PC Music involved. Except “Sorry from the Mountain” is more lacerating in its lyric (“This depression will probably go away on Friday, when I drink coffee grounds and boiling water”) and far more polymorphic, exciting, and non-obvious in its production. Really, it just makes me happy that I can write the words “clear happy hardcore influence” in the advanced year of 2021 and only be 80% full of shit.

Vikram Joseph: This is chaotic and neon-pink, decorated in ravey synths and with a burbling, roiling undercurrent. There are clear PC Music signifiers, especially on the playful verses, although Mery Spolsky has a hard time carving out her own niche in this crowded field, and even with the assistance of Google Translate the lyrics remain fairly inscrutable. “Sorry From The Mountain” is fun though, in much the same way as someone covered in glitter and high on pills that you spend ten minutes talking to at a festival is fun — you don’t remember their name or what they looked like, but they just, you know, had a really good energy.

John Seroff: Mery Spolsky’s theatrical hyperpop girl-power bop “Sorry from the Mountain” is accompanied by a pastel-colored video attempting to show just how you’re meant to dance to it. Spolsky’s suggestion is apparently “very slowly,” a fittingly contradictory answer for a lean, over-caffeinated song that relentlessly pitches speedy, unpredictable and interesting decisions. Marketing a pop hit with Polish lyrics in America is probably a non-starter, but is it unreasonable to hope for a footwork remix?

Alfred Soto: It can’t still, nor can Mery Spolsky. Beats double against each other, arranged more thickly than on prime Grimes. The rap-singing is compelling enough to imbue that already mysterious title with more mystery.

Thomas Inskeep: A beat that feels (but doesn’t sound) like a jackhammer grounds a smart rapped/sung vocal from a singer who sounds like she’s getting one over, and someone should send this to the mood board for Dua Lipa’s next album. 

Jessica Doyle: My one complaint about this otherwise fun ride is that Spolsky’s delivery is a little too relaxed on the chorus; if she’s relying on the instrumental to provide the energy I wish she’d put in more space with it front and center, as she does around 2:30 to provide the transition to the downslope. So, yes, for once I am saying I’d like it to be longer.

Juana Giaimo: Recently Poland passed a nearly-total abortion ban. Only a month before that, Argentina legalized abortion (becoming available in free public hospitals and therefore giving the change to have a safe abortion not only afford expensive illegal procedures). To finally achieve that, the whole country spoke about abortion for more than two years: friends distanced from each other, families fought, celebrities spoke against or in favor and many female-empowerment songs were released. The music video of “Sorry from the Mountain” features women in front of futuristic churches dressed in disguises similar to The Handmaid’s Tale outfits and showing a red lightning bolt, all of which have been featured in Polish protests against the abortion ban. The lyrics (I had to rely on Google Translate) talk about how girls need to believe in themselves and about falling in love with the confident side of yourself, but it also has some witty lines with a sense of humor that shows there is hope. The hyperactive music is full of energy — it tells these are girls that ready to fight. But when you realized that it was released in October and how things turned out later, it becomes a devastating song. I know that because abortion was going to be legalized in Argentina in 2018, but the senators chamber didn’t pass the law. I remember the emptiness when I woke up the next day and that all these kind of songs stopped making any sense. And still, I know how important it’s to keep singing them.

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