LISTEN: Irish Multi Instrumentalist Trio Rowan Bring Grand Piano-Driven Rock On “You’re Not The One”

ROWAN photographed by Zyanya Lorenzo

Emerging Irish trio Rowan is commanding a great deal of attention for their symphonic indie-anthems, particularly in Ireland, the UK, Germany, and Canada. The band has supported internationally renowned artists such as Badly Drawn Boy, The Walls, Duke Special, and Hamsandwich. Rowan has earned international recognition as they were nominated for an IMA, judged by Robert Smith, Tom Waits, Roberta Flack, and many others, with their song ‘Big Wave’. Rowan’s harmoniously rich compositions are laden with melodies that bring the listener to a familiar place with a tasteful twist of their own nature. Their acute and lucid sound is a melange of genres. 

Rowan offers a taste of their piano-driven pop-rock via the lofty “You’re Not The One.” Lead singer Dylan Howe displays confident and endearing vocal charm reminiscent of Travis and Okkervil River. Howe is comfortably supported by a symphonic backdrop, held by ascending violins, an epic and lively rhythm section, and psychedelic guitar and piano musings leading to an epic and clashing final minute.

We don’t want to put it too literally of what we intended, as we believe the interpretation of art and music should be as malleable as the listener’s mind itself. All we can say is that there’s a lot of heartbreak, hope, more heartbreak, and acceptance,” says Howe.

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