Category: Strand of Oaks

Strand of Oaks – Heal

Timothy Showalter’s Strand of Oaks has, up to now, been a very solid run-of-the-mill folk singer-songwriter, but on Heal, he and the group greatly expand their sound and explore other sonic realms. The first few albums were slow melancholic works, while the previous album, Dark Shores, showed some rockier edges. Heal ventures into more electronic sound with a 70s/80s feel and also sounds you would find on contemporary “indie” artists. I have really enjoyed all of their previous albums and Heal, despite its general shift in sound, is quite enjoyable as well. The album opens with Goshen ’97, which is an upbeat, driving rock song and the guitars, along with Showalter’s vocals, give it a (more…)