Do you wanna know what it’s like to really get to know your city?
The rising New-York artist Rookley releases his 2nd single “Mechanic’s Alley” taken from his upcoming EP “Weak or Absent Signals” on September 29th.
“Mechanic’s Alley” shows Rookley’s nostalgic interpretation of the urban lifestyle. It’s a downbeat, ambient track with strong images of the founding days of the New York metropolis. This could also be from a Tycho album, with it’s sound unravelling the scape of the city. Untouched by the development of the neighboring streets, the Mechanics’ Alley still preserves it’s 1930’s atmosphere, with memories of street workers and the typical old red-brick buildings.
Mechanic’s Alley is one of the well-kept secrets in our urban jungle, a fine encounter with the soothing side of the city. This atmosphere was put together by Rookley into a track of intense feelings, the city crawling up your hair, far away sirens and the ever fast-paced traffic, of New York. Lofty trumpet samples open up before the listener’s ear, the ticking percussions show the fast paced pedestrian lanes, passing by a forgotten entry to a somber street. Nobody seems to notice the abandoned backyard alley, until a sole passer-by pedestrian stops and by a split second of marvel, perceives how the city is showing her hidden side, beyond the surface. Elaborate organic sounds stack together into rhythmic patterns that invite the listener to zoom out and see the bigger picture of a city that pulsates, in all its living beauty. The whole story is underlined by the strong cover Image taken by Dan Larson in the 80’s.
Rookley has been established in New York since 2014, and since then did not cease to produce an extensive variety of Audio Projects. Electronica, film scores and live sets as much as collaborations with other NY’s producers. His strength is to grasp the feeling, subtle atmospheric spots of a place and turn them into musical pieces that evoke that very feeling in the listener.
Besides his music, Rookley is active in an international Street Art scene, putting forward the approach of Art as publicly exposed stories, putting the process of creating in the foreground. In this line, Rookley holds on to the idea that a face only distracts from the actual piece of art, whether it is a wall in the city or a recently released track. Rookley feels that it is time to moderate the artists’ egos and bring forward their message: The lore that a musician, street artist, producer, any human has to offer.
The Single will be released on September 29th on the Berlin-based label AIMEND.