This is feel-good music video for the title track of Liminal, shot at LGBTQ+ stalwart The Glory with an entirely LGBTQ+ cast. Liminal is flooded with the tension and ecstasy of Rookes’ own love stories, spreading across a two-year period as she began to explore her queer identity across the London dating scene. Rookes’ potent, flexible voice weaves between joy, discovery and despair across the four tracks: Salvage, New Lovers, Liminal and Constellations – drawing from sharp eighties synth influences as well as orchestral arrangements and anthem rock to evolve this sophomore record.
Rookes will be announcing a selection of Autumn tour dates to promote the Liminal EP, hitting The Glory, London, on the 10th November, as well as Berlin on the 22nd (The Other Lab), Bimingham on the 1st December (The Sunflower Lounge) and Manchester on the 2nd (The Castle Hotel). With eight years’ live experience under her belt, Rookes aims to bring the full force of her multi-instrumental skills, compelling songwriting and powerful vocals to every live performance.
Taken from the Treatment:
I based the concept for this video around Queer Prom meets Teen Dance Movie. Queer Prom is a recent phenomenon that is spreading throughout the country, a bit like a party movement, with the goal of giving queer people a second chance to enjoy a ‘high school’ dance experience as themselves in all their queerness – their true choice of expression, clothing and prom-date.
As a queer young person, there were no examples for me of queer romantic storylines in movies; this music video purposes to claim the known ‘dance movie’ narrative and frame it in a queer context.
The story of the video parallels the story of the song lyrics – which is about meeting someone in different contexts over a period of time (possibly hanging out with them socially or even casually dating) before you realise how much you’re attracted to them, then trying to reconcile yourself to and convince them of this idea.
Christopher Carvalho runs Unlock Your Sound helping up-and-coming indie artists create and strategically release their music.