Sean Rowe has been confirmed as special guest on JD McPherson's UK tour in January. Rowe, who released his new album 'The Salesman and the Shark' through Anti-records in September, has toured extensively with McPherson in their native US. 'The Salesman and the Shark' is the follow-up to Rowe's critically heralded, full-length debut 'Magic', which came out in 2009.
'The Salesman and the Shark' was recorded at the historic Vox Recording Studios in Los Angeles. It was produced by Woody Jackson, utilising 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 Boys' 'Smile' and seminal works by Tom Waits, Neil Young and more.
The track is an engaging burst of re-imagined pop featuring Rowe's powerful baritone layered over a reverb drenched surf guitar. As Rowe explains, "Musically I was drawing something from the Ventures. Chris Kyle from the band Railbird performs the lead guitar and I think he was in some kind of crazy mental space when we recorded it as is evident by his ripping solo at the end of the track."?
Appropriately, the soulful and evocative sounds on 'The Salesman and the Shark' 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 the studio using only real instruments.
As Rowe 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 gives it that timeless feel."
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.
Thurs 17th London Electric Ballroom
Fri 18th Brighton The Haunt
Tues 22nd Leeds Brudenell Social
Weds 23rd Oxford Bullington
Thurs 24th Manchester The Deaf Institute
Sat 26th Gateshead Old Town Hall