With influences including The Beatles, Killing Joke and Faith No More, we bring you Rory Holl. A singer/songwriter from Leeds, he is well known in the city and has been gigging and producing music for over 15 years. Having shared the stage with some big names such as Therapy?, Tom Hingley and Wishbone Ash he can now be seen playing solo acoustic.
Planets and Jackets is one of my favourite EPs from Rory. A seamless pop fusion of jazz and country, it’s en-pointe production invites you to engage with the singer/songwriter in a classy and sophisticated style. ‘Numbers to a Name’ has a wonderful up-beat tempo with a mysterious take on that pop sound. ‘Good Day’ bring more of a folk vibe to the EP. A more slowed-down and considered song, the guitar work within it is simply beautiful. Rory’s voice is divine here and the strings are resplendent.
The jazzy ‘New Black Jacket’ comes as a surprise part-way through the EP and goes to show that Rory isn’t content with sitting within just one genre: the EP is eclectic in that vein. ‘A Bigger Tree’ depicts that multifarious style even further as he mixes pop with rock and folk once again.
A faster and more energetic style comes like a ball of fire before dropping you again in to ‘I Just Get Pissed Instead’. A refreshing, country-faceted ending to a revivifying EP.