Vagabon – Sorry I Haven’t Called album review: an artist putting herself first, but not without acknowledging the pain

Vagabon releases new album Sorry I Haven't Called



On her third studio album, Vagabon (real name Laetitia Tamko) is delving deep with an introspective piece that taps into love and grief. 

Today sees the official release of Vagabon’s third studio album Sorry I Haven’t Called and it’s everything that we expected and more. Throughout this project, the idiosyncratic multi-instrumentalist wears her heart on her sleeve as she explores love and pain in an effortless tracklist of 12 gripping cuts. 

Since releasing her debut album Infinite Worlds in 2017, Vagabon’s journey has been an exciting one. Her genre-fluidity has always been something she’s implemented right from the beginning. Forever showcasing her acute eye for detail, as you make your way through the artist’s discography one thing that stands out is the mesmerising tranquillity of her production – a trademark feature that makes it easy to spot her work from a mile away. 

Introductory single ​​‘Can I Talk My Shit?’ is shared alongside visuals directed by Zac Dov Wiesel and is a perfectly wistful offering detailing the beauty of letting go. Following up is uptempo delight ‘Carpenter’ with flirtatious ampiano sensitivities. From this point onwards Vagabon steps into her inner-girly-pop self as she shares a string of infectious summer bops with emotionally-penned lyrics. It might only be September, but this album definitely has you yearning for the Summer.

A particular album standout out is ‘Do Your Worst.’ Completed with liquid drum and bass tendencies and heartfelt lyrics, throughout this track Vagabon furthers her captivating storytelling with melancholic vocals, juxtaposed with a fun dance track. 

Throughout Sorry I Haven’t Called Vagabon perfectly captures a nostalgic atmosphere, whilst continuing to stay in the moment. Tamko showcases that she is tapping into herself and taking full autonomy over her emotions and learning to care less. Bidding goodbye to negative energies, the artist is ready to put herself first, but not without acknowledging the pain. Sorry I Haven’t Called sees the artist return with a raw and captivating full-length project six years after her last. 

“This record feels like what I’ve been working towards,” Tamko said of Sorry I Haven’t Called. “When I think of this album, I think of playfulness. It’s completely euphoric. It’s because things were dark that this record is so full of life and energy. It’s a reaction to what I was experiencing at the time, not a document of it.”

Alongside the release of this album Vagabon is set to embark on an extensive tour around the US, including EU & UK dates w/ support from Weyes Blood. See full dates below: 

Vagabon autumn 2023 tour dates: tickets available here

7/12 – New York City @ Hudson Yards
7/22 – Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival
10/20 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
10/21 – Detroit, MI @ El Club
10/22 – Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground
10/26 – Boston, MA @ Crystal Ballroom at Somerville Theatre
10/27 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
10/28 – Hamden, CT @ Set Space Ballroom
10/29 – Washington, DC @ The Atlantis
10/31 – Barcelona, ES @ Sala Apolo ^
11/2 – Lyon, FR @ Le Transbordeur ^
11/3 – Milan, IT @ Alcatraz ^
11/4 – Lausanne, CH @ Les Docks ^
11/6 – Berlin, DE @ Astra Kulturhaus ^
11/7 – Utrecht, NL @ TivoliVredenburg – Grote Zaal ^
11/8 – Paris, FR @ Pitchfork Music Festival
11/9 – Antwerp, BE @ De Roma ^
11/11 – Glasgow, UK @ Old Fruitmarket ^
11/12 – Leeds, UK @ O2 Academy ^
1/13 – London, UK @ Pitchfork Music Festival
11/14 – Nottingham, UK @ Rock City ^
12/6 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
12/8 – Seattle, WA @ Madame Lou’s
12/9 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
12/10 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
12/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room


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