Strand of Oaks
I must have been living under a rock while in New York. The second I touched down on my native California soil, SiriusXMU and The Loft were both all abuzz about "a bearded folk rock musician" also known as Strand of Oaks. His fourth album HEAL has made it onto countless year-end lists. I though the big apple was an epicenter, but it is official, I have indeed been living in a cave.
Strand of Oaks came to fruition through a series of incidents, some less-fortunate than others. Timothy Showalter encountered heartbreak, turmoil and a near-death experience, all of which were the backbone of inspiration behind the musical project. HEAL is a deeply personal album, touching on his adolescence, what he recalls as “fat, drunk, and mean.”
Showalter expressed how he was eager to manage the creative direction of his music which turned him off the idea of a typical label signing. After touring with several bands he admired on Dead Oceans, it was a mutual agreement to join the independent label.
Strand of Oaks blends rock and folk and executes the music in a way that's raw and unforgiving. It's always refreshing to see an artist mute their filter and use songwriting as a means to express themselves.