On April 28th, acclaimed singer-songwriter Sean Rowe will release an EP entitled Her Songs. The release presents songs written by six of Rowe’s favorite female artists – Sade, Cat Power, Neko Case, Regina Spektor, Lucinda Williams and Feist – and showcases the interpretive side of Rowe’s vocal and guitar work.
Rowe recorded each of the tracks in a single live take, just his soulful baritone, an acoustic guitar and occasional harmonica. In addition to the audio recording, each performance was filmed live in the studio as Rowe performed, creating a multimedia document of Rowe’s sensitive interpretations. These videos will be offered to fans as part of the EP.
Rowe makes no attempt to recreate the delicate magic of the originals here, but instead focuses on the emotional core of works. The Cat Power song “Colors and the Kids,” originally featuring Chan Marshal accompanied by a lone piano and offering a distinct sense of fragility, now features a hypnotic guitar and Rowe’s muscular voice, but still capture the vulnerability at the heart of the song.