Strand of Oaks frontman Tim Showalter spent just half a day recording as Goshen Electric Co., but he spent the better part of two decades as a fan of the late Jason Molina, who wrote music as Magnolia Electric Co. and Songs: Ohia. Since Molina’s passing in 2013, many artists have paid tribute to the songwriter by covering his deeply moving songs, but Showalter has taken his tribute a step further by teaming up with the remaining members of the Magnolia Electric Co. band to form Goshen Electric Co. and record a 7″ of two Molina deep cuts, out today.
We previously heard “The Gray Tower” back in September, and the second track, “Ring The Bell,” is out now, along with a video you can watch below. The 7″ is available for order via Secretly Canadian. Showalter also recently toured Europe in a series of Memorial Electric Co. concerts. He said the following about the experience of covering his hero’s songs: “It’s strange for me to sing his words. I’m not trying to be overly dramatic, but I had to prepare myself to sing these lyrics – when I was having terrible times in my life at certain points, it was those lyrics that came on…There was such an intimate relationship with his music – it felt a lot deeper than just liking a song. You live in these songs.”
Magnolia Electric Co., Strand Of Oaks