CD Cover for Strand of Oaks, Leave Ruin originally released on La Société Expéditionaire and now re-released on LP.
“Leave Ruin is Strand of Oaks’ hometown deathbed-confession hymnal, the soundtrack of an Exodus. Taking cues from such luminaries as Neil Young (On the Beach era) and a burgeoning Springsteen, Tim Showalter extends his musical gesture and searches to find modesty in the midst of confusion, addressing insecurities and settling existential debt with a simple and beautiful delivery. The personification of a Midwestern Grandfather’s advice, his songs smack with hard truth and poignant severity, from child-like naivety to heart worn wisdom… sparse guitar, hammond, rhodes and wooden instruments support an atmosphere that is tender and raw, at times uncomfortable, shockingly candid, and unforgettable.”
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