'Crestline', the latest EP from Rory Strong

by Beck Macey

'Crestline', the latest EP from Rory Strong

Rory Strong premiers their third major release as a solo artist on their new and anticipated EP Crestline. A phenomenal addition to former Street Sity Surf and Holy Shadow member, Strong premier’s four tracks that fall in between whimsical singer-songwriter and full out rock n roll. Although Strong is currently Santa Ana California based, their EP is coming out on Philadelphia based label, Fire Hazard Records, that have put out other fantastic projects such as the Sandboxing Complete Discography Compilation and Death Cow’s Pioneer. Moving into the EP, while the second and third songs off the EP “crestline” and “attic song” are slower, more melodic tracks, that tell lyrical stories and follow a relaxed acoustic guitar, the first track, “In the dark room” is a powerful opener that has single material written all over it. I will note too though that “crestline” stands out, out of the two for its exceptional violin feature from Elias Schwartman.

However, my favorite track is actually the closer, “blue and green”. The song starts out a bit like the second and third tracks, but right before the minute mark, the drum kit from Eric De Masi comes in, kicking the song into full gear. The song becomes fully actualized afterwards and paints a unique tale that feels almost cultish in its lyricism. Strong is clearly an accomplished musician, with an impressive range that comes out on this EP. While “crestline” has similar energy to recent works like Slaughter Beach Dog’s At The Moonbase “blue and green” and “in the dark room” could almost resemble several early Connor Oberst projects. Crestline is out now on all streaming platforms and can be bought on limited cassettes through Fire Hazard’s webstore.

'Crestline', the latest EP from Rory Strong

by Beck Macey

'Crestline', the latest EP from Rory Strong

Rory Strong premiers their third major release as a solo artist on their new and anticipated EP Crestline. A phenomenal addition to former Street Sity Surf and Holy Shadow member, Strong premier’s four tracks that fall in between whimsical singer-songwriter and full out rock n roll. Although Strong is currently Santa Ana California based, their EP is coming out on Philadelphia based label, Fire Hazard Records, that have put out other fantastic projects such as the Sandboxing Complete Discography Compilation and Death Cow’s Pioneer. Moving into the EP, while the second and third songs off the EP “crestline” and “attic song” are slower, more melodic tracks, that tell lyrical stories and follow a relaxed acoustic guitar, the first track, “In the dark room” is a powerful opener that has single material written all over it. I will note too though that “crestline” stands out, out of the two for its exceptional violin feature from Elias Schwartman.

However, my favorite track is actually the closer, “blue and green”. The song starts out a bit like the second and third tracks, but right before the minute mark, the drum kit from Eric De Masi comes in, kicking the song into full gear. The song becomes fully actualized afterwards and paints a unique tale that feels almost cultish in its lyricism. Strong is clearly an accomplished musician, with an impressive range that comes out on this EP. While “crestline” has similar energy to recent works like Slaughter Beach Dog’s At The Moonbase “blue and green” and “in the dark room” could almost resemble several early Connor Oberst projects. Crestline is out now on all streaming platforms and can be bought on limited cassettes through Fire Hazard’s webstore.