Rowan Stuart has been on an incredible journey to find himself making music. As a child he felt the struggles of a harsh reality, before discovering the guitar at the age of 11, which unlocked his creativity and became encompassed by the instrument. Naturally gifted, he became a sort after session musician at a young age, before finding the courage to step further into the industry spotlight as a singer songwriter, releasing his debut body of work, A Thousand Brand New Places, back in 2008. He has now released five solo albums, augmenting his artistry throughout the years and finding his narrative-driven alt pop sound.
Stuart has now returned with an impressive new effort, “Empire”, kicking off a measured release plan that will last the majority of the year, and be led by the theme of a post apocalyptic fairytale, inspired by his love for sci-fi and fantasy. “Empire” is a moody alternative pop number that dives deep into its narrative. With an emotive and urgent piano as the instrumental centre-piece, Stuart sprays a sprawling story that is emphatic and revered, drawing the listener into the tale as he showcases a nuance vocal ability.
Speaking on his love for music and need to create, Stuart comments, “My job is to find the glint of magic in the mundane, and to carefully chisel away until something rare and majestic reveals itself. This is my sanctuary, and it is here for anyone who needs a refuge from the chaos of modern life, and who could do with a little more meaningful escapism in their own life.”
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