Coming June 3 – Shearwater’s ‘Rook’

February 26th, 2008 at 9:00 am by Gerard

After Matador’s ’07 reissue of the critically acclaimed ‘Palo Santo’, we’ve been waiting & wondering about the next Shearwater full-length. We’re happy to report the resulting LP/CD ‘Rook’, not only lives up to the ridiculously high standards set by its predecessor, but should well stand as an early album of the year candidate. Produced by Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg
and recorded by Matthew Barnhart at Denton’s Echo Lab this past November and December, ‘Rook’ is an extraordinarily original work ; only on a handful of occasions have we heard an album this powerful and so rich in detail, both musically and lyrically. Shearwater’s knack for the epic is already well documented, but with all due respect to their prior efforts, the broad sweep of ‘Rook”s 10 songs is like nothing else you’re likely to experience in 2008.

“Rooks” (mp3)

We’ll have more details about ‘Rook’ in the weeks ahead, but in the meantime, Shearwater have confirmed the following US dates in support of Clinic.

FRI 5/9 BOSTON, MA Paradise
SAT 5/10 MONTREAL, QC La Sala Rosa
SUN 5/11 TORONTO, ON Lee’s
MON 5/12 CHICAGO, IL Empty Bottle
TUE 5/13 MINNEAPOLIS, MN 7th Street Entry
FRI 5/16 SEATTLE, WA Neumos
SAT 5/17 VANCOUVER, BC Richards
SUN 5/18 PORTLAND, OR Doug Fir
MON 5/19 SAN FRANCISCO, CA Independent
TUE 5/20 LOS ANGELES, CA Troubadour

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4 Responses to “Coming June 3 – Shearwater’s ‘Rook’”

  1. Fiona Says:

    Wow, that’s very striking artwork (again), well done. Looking forward to seeing how it translates to the record’s packaging.

  2. impatient Says:

    This song is simply amazing, hope the whole album will be have this mood, fitting that brilliant artwork so well. Gotta love that horn section, kinda post-apocalyptic-Calexico meets Arcade Fire-drama – can\\\’t wait for June! (Hope it will be released here in Europe on the same date? Or preferably earlier!) With Palo Santro it has a lot to live up to, and this here sounds promising! 🙂

  3. Zev Jonas Says:

    The cover artwork is by Kahn & Selesnick. The inside cover is also by them utilizing some of my images. It is a complete honor to be associated with a Shearwater album. Palo Santo blew me away and we are all salivating for this release.

    If you are interested in more images have a look at:

    Kahn & Selesnick at: and

    or my work at:


  4. Eric Says:

    The first great song written about pandemic bird flu. Brilliant work!