Boomkat Product Review:
"Shearwater, a real gem on America's underground, release their new album, 'Rook'. A hugely ambitious follow-up to 'Palo Santo' (2006, reissued by Matador in 2007) described by Pitchfork as "a quietly amazing record that took months for many people to realise just how far the band had pushed themselves, plumbing new depths of atmosphere while finding the most haunting and memorable melodies of their career". Produced by Shearwater's Jonathan Meiburg and recorded by Matthew Barnhart at Denton's Echo Lab, themes within meditate on man's intersection with the natural world: the hunter and the prey; the extinction of species; the world after human beings are gone. On a wider level, the vivid images of animals and landscapes act as a metaphor for human relationships, a dark fairy tale encased in a cycle of songs. Jonathan Meiburg's bold, soaring voice, occasionally falsetto, still anchors the songs, which broaden the pastoral prog-folk chaotic celestial mindfuckery into new realms. Beyond the continuing touchstones of late Talk Talk, Nico and John Cale, there are now allusions to Van Morrison, hints of Joni Mitchell. All this is set in a newly lush sonic gorgeousness of harp, strings and woodwinds atop the magnificent rhythm section of Thor Harris and Kim Burke."