Songs We Love: Strand Of Oaks, 'Shut In' There's an urgency that builds and builds, and you feel it to the very end.
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Songs We Love: Strand Of Oaks, 'Shut In'

Songs We Love: Strand Of Oaks, 'Shut In'

04Shut In

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    Album
    Heal
    Artist
    Strand Of Oaks
    Label
    Dead Oceans
    Released
    2014

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Strand Of Oaks recorded John Richards' favorite track of the year (so far).

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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.

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