Strand Of Oaks On World Cafe : World Cafe Fueled by a string of tragic personal incidents, from infidelity to a near-fatal auto accident, Timothy Showalter's new album HEAL functions as a cathartic memoir. Hear three songs.

Strand Of Oaks On World Cafe

Strand Of Oaks On World Cafe

Strand Of Oaks On World Cafe

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"There's zero symbolism, and that's the scary thing," Timothy Showalter says. "Every single lyric is either a direct thought or a direct event. It's exactly my life."

The Philly musician who performs under the name Strand of Oaks is talking about his new album, HEAL, which in a way functions as a memoir. Fueled by a string of tragic personal incidents, from infidelity to a near-fatal auto accident, the album brings these events to life, from the teenage isolation of "Goshen 97" (a track featuring J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr.) to the bittersweet romance of "Plymouth."

With his knockout band, the songs trace paths through anthemic rock, electronic pop and distortion-pedal-laden slow-burners. Showalter says the album title should be read in all-caps: "It's a command," he says. "I'm yelling it at myself."

Hear live performances of Strand of Oaks' songs on this episode of World Cafe.

Strand Of Oaks On World Cafe

'Goshen '97'

Goshen '97

'Heal'

Heal

'Plymouth'

Plymouth