Shearwater is one of the few bright spots on today's popular/rock music scene. Their latest recording, "Rook", is one of the finest releases of 2008. Although, at under 35 minutes, the recording is short by today's standards, it is 35 minutes of shear joy. Intelligent lyrics coupled with inventive music and topped off with high quality sound. What's not to like?
Not only is this recording is available as a standard CD and a reasonably priced LP but by going to the Matador Records web site (Matador Records) one can also buy a download of the music, either as mp3 files or flac files. Both formats are reasonably priced and do not contain any DRM.
I highly recommend that you give this recording a listen.