Wyse’s “Not That Sorry” Is a Beautifully Unapologetic Upheaval

Wyse © Beth Anderton-Allen
Wyse © Beth Anderton-Allen
An exhilarating outpouring of emotional tension channeled through charming and churning indie rock, Wyse’s new single “Not That Sorry” is a beautifully unapologetic upheaval.
Stream: “Not That Sorry” – Wyse




An exhilarating outpouring of emotional tension channeled through charming and churning indie rock, Wyse’s new single is a marvelous powerhouse of sound and feeling alike. A beautifully unapologetic upheaval, “Not That Sorry” is a defiant, darling inner revolt – a middle finger in the air to all those who need some common sense knocked into them, including ourselves. Blends feverish sound and the turbulence within, Wyse doesn’t just make this moment her “return”; she all but ensures we never forget her four-letter name.

Not That Sorry - Wyse
Not That Sorry – Wyse
I look like I’m here for nothing
you look like you’re in the past
I’ll tell you that I’m dreaming big
tell me you’ll promote me fast
I’m sorry but not that sorry
I got in late this morning
lost all my cares again
I don’t know where they went
I’m sorry but not that sorry
I’m in the wars this morning
lost all my synergy
it fell away with me

Independently released July 23, 2021, Wyse’s “Not That Sorry” is not only the London-based artist’s first release of this year, but also her first offering since 2018’s debut EP Switch of My Controller. Marking the start of a new musical era for the singer, songwriter, and producer (she produces all her own music), “Not That Sorry” is the first of three singles and an EP expected in 2021 – and as a standalone song, it reintroduces Wyse as a formidable indie rock powerhouse.

Together with Kurt Phillips on drums, Bjorn Wray-Gough on bass guitar, Dom Coller on electric guitar, Wyse (who song credits include, but are not limited to: vocals, electric guitar, synths and keyboards, saucepans, percussion, and squeals) comes to life in a defiant, explosive track that can’t help but set the tone for the multifaceted artist’s future. Raw emotion boils to the surface in a charged four-minute rocker full of fire and fury.

For Wyse, this song is “everything I wanted to say, but I couldn’t,” in talking to a former boss. It’s a song born out of existential discord – of Wyse “becoming stuck in the ‘rat-race,’ desperate to find purpose in life.” She sings cool and confidently of the stark contrast between her life, and that of her subject:

Did your shoes cost more than my pay rise?
17 minutes until lunch time
I **** on your desk, you never realised
I could slip out now and never come back
how many days
how many Tic Tacs would I get paid?
Can I back-track?
I’m sorry but not that sorry
(so sorry)
I got in late this morning
(late this morning)
lost all my cares again
I don’t know where they went
I’m sorry but not that sorry
(so sorry)
I’m in the wars this morning
(wars this morning)
lost all my synergy
it fell away with me
Wyse © Alec Bowman-Clarke
Wyse © Alec Bowman-Clarke

Wyse explains that this song was built off her reaction to “a fractious employer, money struggles, a relationship break-up, loneliness in the confines of living with strangers in a house-share.” The result, as she herself says, is a “cathartic lyrical and musical outpouring of anger, sarcasm, mutiny and rebellion.” It’s a vessel through which she can vent all her frustrations, and yet just like the best of them, “Not That Sorry” can be about anything – meaning it very quickly (and easily) becomes our very own soundtrack to cathartic release.

Dreamy and impassioned, rollicking and radiant, “Not That Sorry” is the explosive self-expression we’ve been waiting for this summer. Get lost in the thick of this dramatic track, and stay tuned for more from Wyse: Her Anomalies EP is set to release on October 1st, 2021!

Did your shoes cost more than my pay rise?
I ____ on your desk
until lunchtime
did your shoes cost more?
I’m sorry but not that sorry
(so sorry)
I got in late this morning
(late this morning)
lost all my cares again
I don’t know where they went
I’m sorry but not that sorry
(so sorry)
I’m in the wars this morning
(wars this morning)
lost all my synergy
it fell away with me

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