Artist of the Week: Strand of Oaks
Strand of Oaks is the folk-rock project of singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Tim Showalter who released under this moniker three tense and obscure collections of haunting acoustic-based songs (2009’s Leave Ruin, 2010’s Pope Killdragon and 2012’s Dark Shores) that showcased a deeply melodic and personal take on Americana that often brought to mind a Neil Young-ish circa On The Beach vibe.
On Christmas Day 2013, Tim went through a near-death experience that might be pointed out as a reason for the sheer boldness of his new and aptly titled Heal. His fourth record is jam-packed with loud guitars (J. Mascis rocks gloriously on the title track), synths and beats that summons folk, post-punk, electro-pop, grunge and even heavy-metal heritage in order to deliver a cleansing, thrilling and riveting rock’n’roll masterpiece that has the character of an indie release and the confidence of a major stadium-selling pop star. Essential to any My Morning Jacket, The War On Drugs or Phosphorescent fan.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.