New Shearwater – “Rooks”

We haven’t heard much from Rook, the follow-up to Shearwater’s Palo Santo. In fact, all we’ve heard is one tune, “Rooks” … but what a great start! We also know the album’s ten tracks were recorded by Matthew Barnhart at Echo Lab and produced by frontman Jonathan Meiburg. Or, as JM put it at the band’s site, “We recorded it in November at the Echo Lab in Argyle, Texas, among barred owls, pet donkeys, coyotes, and the ominous sounds of gas wells being drilled in the near distance; rural north Texas retreats as Dallas approaches.” Some of that owl-y mojo made it into both the lovely, crow-heavy promotional and album art and this hushed, particularly feathered and lovely tune.

Shearwater - 'Rooks'
[Photo by Steven Dewall]

Shearwater – “Rooks” (MP3)

It seems like some sorta apocalyptic Hitchcockian overflow — starlings, sparrow, crows darkening the sky. With horns!

Rooks is out in June. Before then, Shearwater has some shows in support of Clinic:

5/09 – Boston, MA @ Paradise
5/10 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rosa
5/11 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s
5/12 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
5/13 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
5/16 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
5/17 – Vancouver, BC @ Richards
5/18 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
5/19 – San Francisco, CA @ Independent
5/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour

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