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L-R: Shearwater members Jonathan Meiburg, Thor Harris and Kimberly Burke.
Led by former Okkervil River member Jonathan Meiburg, Shearwater possesses a rich, haunting and musically diverse sound. Last year's Rook is packed with careful, atmospheric arrangements and soothing, dreamlike vocals.
Rook is notable for its instrumental experimentation — with appearances by a harp, a homemade dulcimer, banjo and horns — as well as compelling stories that touch on science and Meiburg's favorite subject, birds. (Meiburg is a trained bird scientist.) In a session with host David Dye, the singer discusses how his idea of the human relationship with the natural world compelled him to write Rook.