Strand of Oaks Embraces Optimism with New Single "Ruby"

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Jasmine Albertson
photo by Melissa Wax

Strand of Oaks' Timothy Showalter is releasing his sixth studio album, Eraserland, on March 22 via Dead Oceans. Last month, he shared the lead single “Weird Ways” and today we’ve received Showalter’s “happiest song” to date, “Ruby.” In a press statement, he says this about the song:

“'Ruby' isn’t a person, rather the concept of time and memory and how with every passing year it becomes non-linear. In the past, I would’ve dismissed such unabashedly pure optimism, but I’ve been through a lot and I’ve learned to appreciate those rare moments of light.”

Eraserland was made in the aftermath of a deep depression Showalter experienced following the release of his last album, 2017’s Hard Love. The record features members of My Morning Jacket as well as Jason Isbell as his backing band. “Ruby” was shared via a music video comprised entirely of VHS family footage. “This past year my little brother Jon spent countless hours trying to convert my family’s collection of home movies,” Showalter noted. “Somehow my dad in 1988 got a camera with ‘Buick Points’ and then proceeded to have a side career as world-class cinematographer.”

Strand of Oaks will be in Seattle on Friday, April 26 to play Neumos. Below, watch the video for “Ruby” as well as Strand Of Oaks’ live performance during KEXP's New Home Grand Opening in 2016.



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