Download “Shut In” by Strand of Oaks

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Photo by Noah Silvestry | http://silvestography.tumblr.com/
Photo by Noah Silvestry | http://silvestography.tumblr.com/

Last weekend at the XPoNential Music Festival, Philly’s Strand of Oaks played an emotionally intense and rocking set.

Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Tim Showalter, who writes the songs and fronts the band, has two upcoming sold out shows at Boot & Saddle. The band’s new album HEAL, has been receiving excellent reviews.

John Richards, a DJ at KEXP in Seattle, chose “Shut In” from HEAL as his selection for this month’s edition of NPR Music’s Heavy Rotation Richards says:

The new album by Strand of Oaks, a.k.a. Tim Showalter, marks a change of pace from his previous records. Inspired by a string of difficult life experiences, the appropriately titled Heal was a means of catharsis for Showalter. I always look for an emotional connection to songs, and he pulls it off with “Shut In”; with a subtle but driving pace, it builds in instrumentation and urgency you feel to the very end. As of now, Heal and “Shut In” will be my album and song of 2014.

Below, download “Shut In.”

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