Strand Of Oaks / Heal
Album: Heal   Collection:General
Artist:Strand Of Oaks   Added:Jul 2014
Label:Dead Oceans  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2014-08-01 Pull Date: 2014-10-03
Week Ending: Oct 5 Sep 28 Sep 7 Aug 31 Aug 24 Aug 17 Aug 10 Aug 3
Airplays: 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Jan 08, 2015: The Sunset Life
Shut In
4. Oct 02, 2014: Meow
Goshen '97
2. Jan 01, 2015: Meow: The Best Of 2014
5. Oct 02, 2014: The Extended Morning
Same Emotions
3. Oct 09, 2014: Meow
6. Sep 23, 2014: The Sunset Life

Album Review
DJ Away
Reviewed 2014-07-25
This new release from Indiana singer-songwriter Timothy Showalter walks the line between 70s hard rock and 80s synth pop. An odd combo on the surface, but Showalter makes the fusion of the two work. On top of his raw, rich soundscapes, his highly literal lyrics and dire vocal performances make the album not just good but truly captivating. A crunchier War on Drugs or a more electronics-heavy Phosphorescent might come close to this. Oh, and there’s a tribute to Jason Molina here. Favorites: 1, 4, 5, 6. FCC WARNING 2, 8.

1. *(3:00)—Crunchy, big, major-key southern rock (guitars courtesy of J Mascis!) with a drum machine. “I was lonely, but I was having fun.”
2. (4:06)—FCC WARNING (f***). Fast, frantic, skyward 80s synth-rock.
3. (4:29)—Mid-tempo synth pop, with a cleaner update of those drums that appear on every single 80s hit.
4. *(3:22)—Medium-slow, ringing, terse, raw anthem about wanting people to go away. Minimal coda.
5. *(4:08)—Slow, woozy, jagged, optimistic piece driven by electronics. Turns into a big “whoa-oh-oh” anthem partway in.
6. *(7:24)—The Jason Molina song. It’s built on a stark, slow Magnolia Electric Co. riff, but some heavy electronics take it past simple Molina worship. It ROCKS!
7. (3:35)—Medium-slow, quasi-“With or Without You.”
8. (5:25)—FCC WARNING(f***). A shame, because this song is a beautiful, heart-ripping portrayal of having the person you love run away from you.
9. (3:04)—Slow, plodding. Verses have a Suicide-ish beat, choruses hop into retro heavy metal territory.
10. (4:07)—Medium-slow. Verses are vocals and piano, choruses are big synthscapes with more “oh-oh-oh” vocals.

Track Listing
1. Goshen '97   6. Jm
2. Heal   7. Plymouth
3. Same Emotions   8. Mirage Year
4. Shut In   9. For Me
5. Woke Up To The Light   10. Wait For Love