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The Salesman and the Shark

The Salesman and the Shark
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August 28, 2012
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Anti/Epitaph

Style: Moody folk rock; compare to James Walbourne, Nick Drake, Glen Hansard

Top Tracks: "The Lonely Maze," "The Wall" (w/Inara George), "Horses"

Though not a participant in what he calls "organized dogmatic tradition," Sean Rowe nonetheless finds holy ground in the created world, and has spent significant time immersed in wilderness. Rather than preaching naturalism, though, his sophomore album uses the backdrop of nature to illustrate universal stories of love, grief, the passage of time, and questions of purpose. His style varies from stark arrangements marked only by guitar and piano tinkerings to lush orchestrations with a 9-piece string section and intense percussive lines. Although his soundscapes are lovely, it's that moody, gorgeous baritone that marks Rowe's music as unforgettable.

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