Timothy Showalter, the Philadelphian singer/songwriter of Strand of Oaks, just dropped the second single off his upcoming studio album, Heal.
"Shut In" starts off as a solid folk-rock anthem that features Bruce Springsteen-esque vocals and ends with a lovely piano solo. The lyrics begin describing Showalter's frustration with trying to make a name for himself, but then switches to a more optimistic feel in the chorus: "It's not as bad as it seems and we try in our own way to get better."
Heal is very much an album that describes the motions of recovery. In a press release, Showalter described the album as follows:
The record is called Heal, but it’s not a soft, gentle healing, it’s like scream therapy, a command, because I ripped out my subconscious, looked through it, and saw the worst parts. And that’s how I got better.
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