Sean Rowe has a baritone of other worldly power and emotional conviction that demands attention. On his extraordinary new album The Salesman and the Shark, out this August 28th via Anti-records, Rowe's follows up his critically heralded full length debut Magic with a work that brilliantly reconfigures classic sounds in support of his intensely observational lyrics and remarkable and ever evolving vocals. The opening track "Bring Back The Night" premieres today courtesy of American Songwriter http://www.americansongwriter.com/2012/06/song-premiere-sean-rowe-bring-back-the-night/ .
The Salesman and the Shark was recorded at historic Vox Recording Studios in Los Angeles. It was produced by Woody Jackson, utilizing the very same mixing board used to make timeless classics such as The Rolling Stones Exile On Main Street, T-Rex's Electric Warrior, The Beach Boy's Smile and seminal works by Tom Waits, Neil Young and more.
Appropriately, the soulful and evocative sounds on Rowe's latest are a perfect blend of the warmly familiar and astonishingly new. The songs move effortlessly between a sense of intimacy and a cinematic like sound complete with a nine piece string section. The entire album was recorded live in studio using only real instruments.
As Rowe's explains, "The songs on this record are all very different structurally but they have this consistent sound and feel which has to do with where and how they were recorded. Early on we agreed on the aesthetic of the record which was just keeping it as organic and as live as possible. And I think it really gave it that timeless feel. "
Producer Woody Jackson adds, "Sean Rowe is just an amazing singer. When you first hear his voice, you can't figure out if it's for real or not. The atmosphere was just really amazing throughout the recording. Everything just came together naturally. My main goal throughout was to just be true to the songs which were phenomenal. His vocals and the melodies were king."
The album's dramatic opening track "Bring Back The Night" plays as a heartfelt mission statement, beginning as an intimate country tinged waltz and building in power and scale as Rowe's vocals are joined by a lush chorus and tapestry of instruments. The record takes a departure with the fuzzed out and percussive "Joe's Cult" and reaches epic heights on the surging sonic landscape of Rowe's "Horses."
The resulting album is ambitious and profoundly moving, a momentous collection of songs that would feel perfectly at home on a cherished classic album, or as just what they are, a riveting tour de force by an important new talent named Sean Rowe.
SEAN ROWE - The Salesman and The Shark Track Listing:
1. Bring Back The Night - 4:02
2. Flying - 4:40
3. The Lonely Maze - 3:04
4. Joe's Cult - 3:01
5. Signs - 4:35
6. The Wall - 4:24
7. The Ballad of Buttermilk Falls- 4:31
8. Horses - 4:35
9. Old Shoes - 5:09
10. Downwind - 4:14
11. Thunderbird - 3:23
12. Long Way Home - 3:27
SEAN ROWE on Tour :
DATE CITY VENUE
Tues Jun 19 Charlottesville, VA The Southern w/ Ben Sollee
Wed Jun 20 Wilmington, DE World Cafe Live w/ Ben Sollee
Thurs Jun 21 New York, NY Rockwood Music Hall w/ Ben Sollee
Sun Jun 24 Kingston, NY Keegan Ales
Sat June 30 New York, NY Pianos
Fri July 6 New York, NY The Living Room
Sat Jul 7 Saratoga Springs, NY Caffe Lena
Tue Jul 10 Arlington, VA IOTA Club & Cafe
Wed Jul 11 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live Upstairs
Sat Jul 14 New Haven, CT Cafe Nine
Sun Jul 15 Asbury Park, NJ The Saint
Sat Jul 21 New York, NY The Mercury Lounge