A fog of distant intimacy inhabits Brookings. An entirely solo effort, Carl Creighton appears to be singing for an audience of one within a vast haunted cathedral. Silly, angry, depressed, Creighton is revealed as a uninhibited character, fearlessly shedding his soul while maintaining a sense of humor.
Recorded during a dark period of his life, while living in Minnesota, Brookings was shelved when Creighton returned to Brooklyn to focus on Howth’s sophomore effort Newkirk. With the help of his bandmates, Howth re-imagined Brookings tracks “Out In Eagan,” “Only Right Turns,” and “Snowbank” on Newkirk, fleshing them out to rock songs. But despite the lo-fi recording style, Brookings never felt like a collection of demos. The songs are simply too good on their own to be left unreleased. So, with a little prodding, Mecca Lecca has convinced Carl Creighton to unlock this raw treasure and share it with the world.