Rustic, natural, deep: Sean Rowe’s ‘Magic’ is released 25th May.
Sean Rowe hails from Albany, NY. His debut album ‘Magic’ was released in the US late last year and is set for release to the UK market on the 25th May. It is no surprise that he has been writing and performing since the age of thirteen: his songs have that richness and depth that tends to be reserved for more established artists.
The depth of Rowe’s musical talent resides in both his lyrics and their delivery. Themes for his songs can be seen as standard – love, life, the past (‘The Long Haul”, “Wet”), the natural wilderness. But it’s the rough, homespun yarns of unpolished lyrics which elevates his writing above many other singer-songwriters. Rowe rasps “You are nothing but the fragrance of an old dream / but that was just time playing tricks on my mind” on opener “Surpise”, which has similar melodies and progression to Springsteen’s “The River”.
Rowe’s delivery lies somewhere between Tom Waits and Bonnie Prince Billy: rough and rasping but with a painful tenderness. Simple melodies are enhanced by bluesy-folk guitar which creates something a bit more than minimalist in tracks such “Time to Think” and “Old Black Dodge” and very near to country-rock with “Jonathan” and “Wrong Side of the Bed”.
‘Magic’ is a strong debut album from a clearly talented musician with a very distinct delivery. Whilst mainstream success is clearly not something ‘Magic’ would achieve, it is certainly an album that deserves attention if your tastes are even slightly folk or blues orientated.