Six powerhouse contemporary female artists are getting the Sean Rowe treatment. Set for an April 28th release, Rowe’s latest EP, Her Songs, features the folk singer/songwriter’s interpretation of songs by Lucinda Williams, Neko Case, Cat Power, Feist, Regina Spektor and Sade.
On creating the album, Rowe said, “If you can cover a song with just a voice and a guitar, you know there’s something there. It really confirms my belief in how important space is in a song. And of being content in using very few elements to create something.” And indeed, with just his voice, a harmonica, and a guitar, the concept of the album was simple, as was the execution; Her Songs is all acoustic, and each of the six tracks was recorded and filmed live in a single take.
The result, however, is far from simple. Rowe’s booming, resonant baritone infuses the tracks with an evocative, searing power. He takes on Lucinda Williams with a stripped down, heart wrenching rendition of “Soldier’s Song.” The best covers can re-frame a beloved song in a new light, and Rowe’s effortless masculinity lends a new tinge of remorse to the ballad, reminiscent of the iconic balladeer Johnny Cash.
Watch the live recording of “Soldier’s Song” below, out now via ANTI- Records.