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Pope Killdragon

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West River
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Kill Dragon
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Sterling
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Bonfire
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Alex Kona
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Giant's Despair
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Daniel's Blues
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Last to Swim
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Walking
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Pope Killdragon
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Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 40:29

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Sean Fennessey

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07.19.10
Existing in the tradition of the lonesome, one-man album, but by often transcending it, too
Label: eMusic Selects

"Put down the phone, it hasn't worked for years," Tim Showalter, the one-man band behind Strand of Oaks, sings on "Bonfire." It's a shaded but vivid lyric, quietly chilling and warm at the same time, insinuating and subtle, illuminating two people trapped together forever, trying to figure out how to coexist. "Let's stay here, and be calm," his gentle tenor coos before the song unwraps a molasses-like synth line. This is what the Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania,… read more »

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Sterling

okfuskee

Spent roughly 3 months listening to nothing but "Sterling" over and over.

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Great songwriting!

Tree77

"Bonfire" is a hauntingly, quietly beautiful song. Still listening and deciding on the rest!

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Great find.

jtap66

Introspective. Somber. Great songwriting and fantastic delivery.

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Serious 80's Film Soundtrack

justinscottwilliams

I mean that in a good way. I love how good his lyrics are and how he looks nothing like the image of him his voice evokes. I especially love the 80's synth he's got going on in some of these songs- that thing is overlooked brings a feeling of its own.

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Perfect

basementofmybrain

This album has grown on me. With each listen it yields more and more good stuff. Lyrically, Strand of Oaks write as wonderful and captivating words as I have heard in a long time. Musically, it has a wonderful aura, beautiful textures, tension and release. Listen to "Daniel's Blues" then download the album. It is a treasure.

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Captivating

PeteE

An album of intense songs that whilst playing, reminds you of everyone from Bon Iver to Mogwai

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Interesting Departure

theenddecay

From the first album. I can only expect good things from him in the future, especially if he continues to experiment with his music. I only wish that there had been less instrumental songs on the album (I think there's three). I enjoy an instrumental piece when it introduces the next song, but on this album, these tracks seem to reinforce the mood. Okay, we get it! It's a somber album. Take off "Walking" and give me another real song.

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Wow!!!!!!!!

songbern

Thank you eMusic. His voice fabulous, and I was unaware of his music. So very happy to have discovered him.

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beautiful lyrics, atmospheric sound

dnicoll

This is the sort of album that makes me a fan of eMusic. Discovering artists like this is a huge joy.

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haunting and beautiful!

ghoneyport

Tim writes songs that are haunting,sad and even funny all in the same song(Alex Kona). He is a true talent(and one hell of a nice guy!). Get this, and all his records! You will not regret it!

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eMusic Selects: Strand of Oaks

By J. Edward Keyes, Editor-in-Chief

[eMusic Selects is a program designed by eMusic to give exposure to unsigned or undersigned bands. This month's selections are Strand of Oaks and Family Band] In 2003, Tim Showalter's house burned down, his fiancée broke up with him, and he resorted to writing songs on an acoustic guitar while living on park benches in suburban Philadelphia. Those events informed the entirety of his arresting debut, Leave Ruin, an album about loss and brokenness and lack… more »