Shearwater is awesome, Rook was one of my favourite albums of last year.
But I think OR is better live. Saying that, there’s almost nothing that can beat Okkervil River live. I saw them this week, and its one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. They do miss Meiburg’s backing vocals though, and Lost Coastlines just doesn’t sound the same without him.
I love Shearwater (and Okkervil River). You should definitely check out Talk Talk’s last two albums, Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock. Talk Talk basically invented postrock with those albums, and of all subsequent bands Shearwater comes closest to capturing their beautiful and visionary sound. There’s also a nice live cover of a Talk Talk song, “The Rainbow,” on one of Shearwater’s EPs or singles.
Just saw Shearwater live with Beirut in London slightly over a week ago. Jonathan Meiburg comes beautifully undone when he sings. From the opening of Palo Santo’s Hail Mary, with that trembling falsetto to something almost feral in his features when he leads off “We lay like a wounded lamb…” An incredible show, all around.