Rook (mostly) Solo in London (2018)

by Shearwater

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Rooks 03:30
Home Life 07:06
Lost Boys 02:19
Century Eyes 02:08


This acoustic performance of Rook in a home in London on the tenth anniversary of the album's release wasn't meant for public consumption as music alone; it followed a spur-of-the-moment decision to stream a live performance of it.

And so—fair warning—it isn't a hi-fi recording or polished performance in any sense. I forget lyrics, overload the mic, and hit some questionable notes in some songs I haven't played since 2008. But there's still something special about it, and it was fun to spend an afternoon with the album all these years later, and wonder why I pitched all those songs so high.

I'm joined by Emily Lee on piano in "Home Life," and Mary Lowth on harp in "I Was A Cloud", as well as a host of unsuspecting guests from outsides, including passing trucks and airplanes. And I've tacked on a bonus field recording I made at dawn in Highgate Cemetery, of a special group of singers whose vocal powers leave me in awe.

This recording is pay-what-you-wish. I will donate all proceeds from its sale to the International Rescue Committee, who work to support and defend refugees around the world.

JM, Berlin, 2018


released June 19, 2018

Jonathan Meiburg: vocals, guitar, piano
Emily Lee: Piano on "Home Life"
Mary Lowth: Harp on "I Was a Cloud"


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