EP REVIEW: Giant Rooks – ‘New Estate’

Off the back of an almost totally sold out European tour, German art-pop quintet Giant Rooks are set to bring their twisting contemporary indie tones to England. A year on from their last release, New Estate EP, the band will take their music on a five-date March tour, and undoubtedly exhibit its heartfelt escapism and landscape-crafting core.

Giant Rooks carve a rainbowed backdrop and journeying tale with the New Estate EP, employing vocal splendour and instrumental pressure to layer a world of their own wonders and leave open the door.

Title track, ‘New Estate‘ plots the map for an escapist’s elopement, as Giant Rooks key natural quirks with waterfalling synthesis and mountainous rhythm, enabling listeners to travel far away with them. The chorus captures the rolling open-road, drumming the rumble and shift of traffic with tempo-flexing ease; leave the worry behind.

Throughout the EP, simple rhythm is utilised to effect a variation in prominence and prevalence for the drums and bass, as they straight-set push ‘New Estate‘ with a rush-rush-rush of hopeful road-bound escape, building foundations for piano and guitar to glisten a childhood innocence into the forgetfulness of ghosting past troubles.

Bright Lies’ maintains this platform, as it contrasts a darkened solemnity of shivering atmosphere and ambience to the hope of ‘new estate.’ Proto-oxymoronically titled, it sheds shadowed light on the ‘new estate’, as it cuts retrospective views and a tangibly avant-garde gap between voice and instrument, sliding into the swaying and swinging contemporary of nuanced synth colouring.

The track faces urban paranoia with its slighting tempo initiating a tension passive, yet unyieldingly present, enhancing physical percussive production into the reality of your room.

Not stopping at the creation of a landscape, Giant Rooks explore New Estate to the corners, as ‘Chapels’ plots a directional change into an ostensibly expansive bright. They keep the identifying percussive pound for an energy source, as choir-call vocals occupy the sky.

Giant Rooks characterise each song and grant it a nature, as the rurally-set ‘Chapels’ hosts piano-cast communitarian culture into blue-skied lives, holding hands with the strings at a walk and grin, while painting an idealist greening picture of village warmth. Every song charts the ‘new’ into the ‘estate.’

Turning the page, Giant Rooks introduce us to ‘Mia & Keira (Days to Come)’ for a return to the dynamic travel of ‘New Estate.’ Put simply (for a change), this song is an atmospheric bend on the worthwhiles of 21st century indie music. Mia and Keira put you in the place where you wish you were, all the while tormenting you with distant vision of that land you won’t revisit.

The track manifests the warm coat that keeps out the cold, as guitaring flashes exhibit the spark and glow of imagination’s flow, but bass and drums pin us firm on the journey.

It would be far too obvious for it to just boot you in the stomach to make you wince. Giant Rooks use New Estate to build a place that’s both home and a new start for everyone – you drive it long, and feel it all on your own accord; they build the vehicle. ‘Slow’ thereby embodies the energy and spirit of the EP whole. It is a glimpse at the narrative, recalling the tale with cinema-sonic perspective on the way back home.

The New Estate EP watches Giant Rooks place the absurdity of fantasy on your tea-table and in the passenger seat, using straight roads and pretty views to drive you away and back, as the strings of hammer and pluck live a paintbrush life to beats.

The EP is out now via Haldern Pop Recordings – available to Purchase/Stream on all platforms.

Giant Rooks tour the UK in March, in association with Scruff of the Neck, the dates are as follows:

20th March – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton
21st March – The Old Blue Last, London
22nd March – The Lending Room, Leeds
23rd March – Night & Day Café, Manchester
24th March – Café Totem, Sheffield

Photo Credit: Lydia Trappenberg

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