Welcome To Strand Of Oaks’ ‘Spacestation’

Shaking Through is a non-profit organization dedicated to “shining a spotlight on hard-working, emerging musicians and raises awareness about our mission to ensure that we can keep a good thing going.” A documentary series, Shaking Through selects 10 artists each year to take on the challenge of recording one song in two days, from first take to final mix. No exceptions.

Their latest episode features Tim Showalter’s Strand of Oaks and was curated by Chris Ward (booker of Philly’s famed music venue Johnny Brenda’s, and drummer for Pattern is Movement). The video also features vocals from Buried Beds’ Eliza Jones. What emerges from the session is the startlingly beautiful ballad, “Spacestations.” Diverging from Stand of Oaks’ traditional sound, Showalter abandons his guitar and utilizes synthesizers and tape flange on this resounding song.

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When approached, Showalter jumped at the chance to work with Shaking Through: “I viewed it as the perfect opportunity to introduce the vocabulary of sonic things that I was going to be working on, on the year to come.”

The singer’s fear of his own happiness played a big role in the inspiration behind “Spacestations”

“When you love your living situation and what your life has become, I began to fear more losing that,” Says Showalter. “I think it’s good to love something so much that you’re worried that it’s gonna go away. I want to appreciate it now, but part of that appreciation comes with a fear that it’s not gonna last forever…happiness is somehow breading anxiety.”

Watch scenes from the recording process here:

Shaking Through: Strand of Oaks from Weathervane Music on Vimeo.

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