EP Review: Dan Owen – Open Hands and Enemies

dan-owenOpen Hands and Enemies is the new 4 track EP from Shrewsbury based singer/songwriter Dan Owen, and one that looks certain to open doors for this young musician. Having made significant gains in the last couple of years through the power of social media and a huge amount of streams on Spotify – this EP further pushes Dan in the direction he needs to head in his fledgling music career.

Already scheduled to tour some of this countries major venues alongside other emerging and established artists – it’s fairly evident from listening to this EP that he processes both an emotional maturity in the song writing and vocal delivery that will be well received within the industry, and writing in a style that will sit happily alongside various genres – shades of rock, soul and folk all evidenced in just these 4 tracks alone. Not a bad thing at all.

Vocally there is a rasp to Owen’s voice, not dissimilar to a late 60’s Joe Cocker, or as a more up to date reference, Lifehouse vocalist Jason Wade – full of power and textured beyond his years. However – as is certainly in evidence on the opening track ‘Made To Love You’ – vocally Dan can deliver haunting as well, soaring over a basic piano accompaniment. Lots of space and atmosphere.

‘The Witching Hour’ is a soulful rock song that showcases the power of Owen’s vocal, especially towards the conclusion of the track, and provides us a with a really hooky chorus that will stick in the mind.

‘Moonlight’ and ‘Closer (Home Recording)’ take us in to more ballad territory, but it doesn’t at any point get twee or sickly – the vocals again the reason for this – the emotion and power provide sufficient clout to give the tracks the drive they need.

Good EP this. I’d be keen to see Dan live at some point as I’ve heard very positive things about this artist in a live capacity. All in all it looks like a promising career is in the making here.

More info can be found at: http://www.danowenmusic.com/

Review by Phil Daniels