afropunk premiere: ‘wires’ ep – the “feel-good-down-in-your-gut soul” sound of sextet the rooks

June 29, 2015

Today we’re premiering the new EP from NYC based R&B/IndieSoul sextet The Rooks – ‘Wires’. The group, known for their “feel-good-down-in-your-gut soul” music, draw influences from the likes of Stevie Wonder to J Dilla and formed during their time at Wesleyan University – starting off as house party perfomers, covering Motown songs. Regrarding the new EP, the sextet tell us: “At its core, ‘Wires’ is an album about the weight of distance, and all of the ways we throw our bodies against it. As a result, it’s a conflicted group of songs, at any given moment presenting both the sentiments of defiance and joy and danceability alongside a darker edge, a dissonance, at times a deliberate jitter or lack of clarity. In an effort to achieve this, we found ourselves pulling from cornerstones of all our favorite genres, from soul to hip-hop to r&b to indie. The result, we hope, is a record that can sneak into all different parts of your day: the thing you’re just as likely to break down to at the party as you are to blast on the car ride home. And we’re so excited to finally share it with you.” Stream below and download here.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor