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  • Lauren DiGiovanni

Review: "Crash" - ROREY

ROREY ushers in a new era of grunge with “Crash,” the opening track off her debut EP, “Apt 7D.” Her EP as a whole explores the idea of soul searching, while “Crash” specifically delves into acknowledging the bad parts of yourself. In the first verse, ROREY says that she never learns from all the mistakes she makes, but “That’s life.” She’s trying so hard to keep everything under control, but she can’t help but fall apart, no matter how hard she tries not to. She asks herself “What am I doing wrong,” and she feels dumb and lost in her feelings. Then the addicting chorus comes in, where she asks if everything is “All in her head” or if she’s just “Out of [her] mind.” She wants to be released from this feeling of guilt, but says “It’s not your fault, it’s mine.” In the second verse, she feels like she gets stuck in this back-and-forth cycle, and she laughs at how cliché it is that she feels bored. After ROREY repeats the pre-chorus and chorus again, she starts to get a bit existential. She says she’s blurring her thoughts with reality, and she’s “Falling deeper into [her] psyche,” and she probably can’t get out. This song is a perfect example of when you explore your conscious and subconscious thoughts, it’s not all black and white.

“Crash” is a beautiful grunge track, which has a sprinkling of indie-pop thrown in the production. This song is for sure a grunge anthem, with prominent wailing guitars driving the song. Her choruses are heavier than her verses, with a simple drum kit compared to most percussion rigs of today. However, grunge drummers must have great skill and power to deliver a good track, which is the case for the drummer on “Crash.” The chorus itself is infectious and addicting and is filled with angst and intense emotions. The bridge features an interesting and unique chord progression, one that is not commonly used in mainstream music at this time. Her voice is mainly what makes the song more indie-pop-inspired than the average grunge song. Growing up in the New York City indie scene certainly had an impact on her vocal sound. ROREY’s voice is breathy, soft, and a bit fragile in the verses. In the 21st century, this vocal technique was reintroduced by Lorde, especially with her 2013 song, “Royals.” Overall, this song is filled with intense emotions but also showcases ROREY’s ability to be open and honest with her feelings.

At only 23 years old, ROREY is a driving and innovative force in the New York City indie scene. Her interest in music began when she was seven years old when she took up guitar, and she hasn’t looked back since. In an interview with Office Magazine, she revealed that she was constantly writing as a kid, but the first song she remembers writing was about a boy she met on vacation when she was 10. ROREY’s sound has been coined “sad girl indie pop,” which is shown off in her debut EP, “Apt 7D.” Her EP was defined by feelings of discontentment surrounding the cyclical nature of life. After this release, she is set to perform all around New York City. Currently, ROREY has 12.4k monthly listeners and over 200k streams on Spotify. ROREY’s sheer talent will continue to impress listeners release after release.

Written By Lauren DiGiovanni


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