He's spent years as one of the music industry's unsung heroes, but now Palmerston North-born, Auckland-based musician Rory Noble has unveiled his long-awaited debut EP, Where Do We Go When The World Ends.
Making his debut into the music world some years ago, Noble has managed to curate an enviable career, working with high-profile names like Ruel, Burna Boy, Tinashe, and a hip-hop icon you might know by the name of Kanye West.
However, when he's not been rubbing shoulders with the giants of the music world, Noble has also been crafting his own body of work, releasing a number of singles over the past few years. Now, the majority of these have been collected onto his debut EP, which officially arrived alongside new single, Headlines.
If you've been following his musical journey closely, you might already know that the Rory Noble sound is one based around soulful vocals, immersive instrumentals, and slick production techniques. His new EP features this musical focus in spades, collaborating with the likes of close and talented friends Mikey Dam, Ben Malone, and Simon Gooding as he provides a deep dive into his own psyche.
The result is an EP which sees him shining a spotlight onto the darker and lighter sides of being an artist and a young person in this day and age.
"The project explores times when anxiety was ruling my head," Noble explains. "For me, it's a vent. I hope other people can hear that I’ve been through all sorts of crazy situations but I'm still standing, breathing and here to tell the tale."
As he also explains, while the EP is indeed based around a guitar-based acoustic sound, the five-track release is a glorious display of his kaleidoscopic sonic palette. "I just want to put out the most interesting music I can, regardless of genre," he says.