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rooks

cover image for Shearwater album Rooks, Kahn & Selesnick, 2008

cover image for Shearwater album Rooks, Kahn & Selesnick, 2008

One of my favourite albums. I guess I have always loved ‘high range’ male vocals for some reason; Beach boys harmonies, Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull, Jon Anderson [no relation] from YES, Peter Gabriel circa Genesis, Steve Tyler from Aerosmith etc

Though not a concept album per se, the imagery is so strong.

When the rooks were laid in piles
by the sides of the road,
they were crashing into the aerials,
hanging from the laundry lines.
And, gathered in a field,
they were burned in a feathering pyre,
with their cold, black eyes.

Poor birdies, but I guess they are early warning devices for natural disasters.

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2 thoughts on “rooks

  1. Drongo birds act as sentinels for meercats…

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