Watch List: The Rooks' Soulful Musing Is No 'Let Down'
Having become well acquainted with the arresting, eclectically-inspired indie-soul of New York via Wesleyan University sextet The Rooks over the last couple of years - they have graced several of our New York shows in that time - it is always a pleasure when the time rolls around again to have the chance to hear from them in person. Noted for the energetic, crowd-pleasing ebullience of their live show - they have several prestigious New York residencies under their belt - the band are equally adept at knowing how to slow things down and conjure a more tender, reflective mood that speaks to the listener's heart and soul. Taking to the studio at Green Line Records at Northeastern University in Boston, here The Rooks lay bare the often opaque emotional realities associated with the ambiguities and complexities that apply when it comes to matters of the heart, the contemplative guitar, musing keys and poignant saxophone guiding singer Garth Taylor's smoothly emotive voice to a series of heartfelt exclamations that end with him asking, 'tell we what we left, tell me what we let down?'.