Daily Distraction: Embrace 'Galacticana' with Strand of Oaks

Joel Oliphint
Columbus Alive
Strand of Oaks

Years ago, Strand of Oaks' Tim Showalter would tour as a solo singer-songwriter, playing intimate shows at Columbus craft stores with the Black Swans. Over the years, the project became a real-deal band with multiple albums on Dead Oceans, all of which are worth revisiting. 

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Showalter was also part of one of my favorite music journalism experiences when, in 2014, I visited him in his then-home of Philadelphia to talk about the cathartic Strand of Oaks album Heal for SPIN. It got heavy.

Since then, Showalter and his wife, Sue, relocated to Austin, and last week Strand of Oaks released dreamy new single "Galacticana," the first song from forthcoming album In Heaven, which Showalter recorded in October of 2020 with Kevin Ratterman at Invisible Creature in Los Angeles. Ratterman plays drums on the record, which also features My Morning Jacket's Carl Broemel (guitars) and Bo Koster (keys), plus a guest vocal/guitar spot from James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins) on the track “Easter.”

"In Heaven was created with so much love and my greatest hope is that it connects with people and provides a momentary space for reflection, joy, catharsis and whatever else someone might be looking for in their life," Showalter said in a release. "Music is magic and I feel like the luckiest person in the world that I'm allowed to share it.”

Experience some of that magic by listening to "Galacticana" below: