MP3: Strand of Oaks – Maureen’s
Strand of Oaks is Timothy Showalter, and in 2010 he released my favorite album of that year, Pope Killdragon. You can now download it, along with debut Leave Ruin, for free at Strand of Oaks’ Bandcamp.
Another freebie, “Maureen’s,” is the first taste of Showalter’s coming album, Dark Shores. It’s more guitar-based than I anticipated, especially after hearing the synth-drenched Shaking Through collaboration “Spacestations,” but it’s no less affecting, and I’m eagerly anticipating the rest of the new record.
Strand of Oaks head out on tour next month with the Tallest Man on Earth, making a stop at the Wexner Center on Aug. 2. Full Oaks/Tallest Man tour dates below: Continue reading
Frequent Columbus gigger and Black Swans buddy Tim Showalter aka Strand of Oaks released intimate sophomore album Pope Killdragon on emusic recently, and the more spins I give it the more it’s transfixing me. Fans of Bon Iver, Will Oldham and maybe early Neil Young should find some common ground here. Showalter is the rare singer/songwriter who can be emotive without overly emoting.
If you’re not ready to pull the trigger on Killdragon, you can download Strand of Oaks’ Live in Chicago 2008 EP for free here. It features early versions of songs that eventually landed on the new album.