Hailing from the New Forest in the South-West, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Rowan Willow has released his debut single The Merchant, a fictional story about a man running from someone of ‘power’ who he owes money to, inspired by the young musician’s experiences of being in debt whilst living in a city and the feeling of wanting to run from these problems – something I’m sure the majority of people can relate to!
Worked on collaboratively during lockdown (all thanks to the power of modern technology!), The Merchant is self-produced, and was recorded over a fortnight; a drummer recording at his home, the bassist at his home, and Rowan in his bedroom tracking the rest of the instruments, vocals and mixing the track ready for mastering. The track even features Rowan’s uncle on violin!
Speaking on his new solo project, Rowan said: “I have drawn collectively on all of my influences from childhood to now; from Ben Howard and Sufjan Stevens, to Tame Impala, Matt Corby and Mac Demarco….to name a few.”
With the added inspiration of living in the rural countryside and forest, as well as being brought up in a creative family, Rowan has had an interest in music from a young sage, saying “As I grew into my teens I discovered an ear for melody and that’s where the songwriting all started really.”
Yearning to be back on stage like musicians worldwide, Rowan has promised in the meantime that there will be more music out later this year. Give Rowan a follow to keep up with future releases: