A woozy recollection of exhausting friendships and frustrating-yet-affectionate relationships, Apology Plant pleasantly sways you through five tracks. Though slightly synonymous in rhythm, the unique melodies on each track are truly what make this album stand out. “If I’m not an afterthought / who’s this other girl you brought?” Hannah Liuzzo (vocals, guitar) softly inquires on “Loaded,” a soft opening track with a new but familiar melody.
Floating into “Rated R,” a song that’s lyrically sophisticated and simplistically crafted, Liuzzo is joined by bandmate Kelsey Francis (vocals, bass) throughout an upbeat chorus. Describing an emotionally unavailable love interest, “Rated R” is the most energetic of the five tracks and is a perfect precursor to very accessible and relatable “Nothing 2 U.” A characteristically sad, break-up tale with the resolution that it would be easiest to move on if the other party truly didn’t care about you.
Things get a bit more hopeful but remain unrequited at best on “Nickname.” With lyrics that seem intentionally simplistic and rounded at the edges, it’s a shimmering track that stands as the best mixed on the album with the most variety from drummer Alex Bourne (also of Narrow/Arrow). Drifting through to the final track “Lean” the trio sends us off with an uncomplicated, no-strings-attached ballad. “I want to latch on you / but I’ll sever it right before you can make this high maintenance” croons Liuzzo and Francis, as the track swells with slopes into the album’s conclusion. – Post Trash