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Check Ahead: Sean Rowe - "Signs"

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - 12:00 AM

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Musician and naturalist Sean Rowe visited our studio just before the release of his 2011 debut album, “Magic.” He told us about his musical heroes – including Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits. And, we were taken by his deep baritone, his stories of spending time in the wilderness, and his sense of humor. Needless to say, we’ve been anticipating the follow up.

“The Salesman and the Shark,” out on August 28th, is full of observations that only someone who calls himself a Naturalisticist could deliver. Rowe has an eye for detail - and he isn’t afraid to get down in the dirt.

On the song “Signs,” Rowe sees evidence of a loved one, now departed, “all around”: in the trees, the glow of a stone, the sound of a passing train. It sounds both of heartbreak, and of comfort, unfolding in several chapters. 

“Every year I look forward meeting my old friends again,” Rowe recently wrote on his Tumblr (about spring’s first wild growth). We feel the same way.

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