Another American masquerading as a band – Strand of Oaks is 32-year-old Tim Showalter – and another record that is well worth seeking out.
Opener Goshen 97 is joyous 80s indie rock, good enough in fact to invite comparisons with grunge pioneers Dinosaur Jr at their peak. It’s no surprise to discover that that’s Dinosaur mainman J Mascis guesting on guitar.
But there’s more to Heal than euphoric guitar pop. The title track and JM are epic rock steeped in the 1970s with some splendid guitar solos thrown in for good measure.
Arguably best of all is Same Emotions, which rolls the clock forward a decade to the 1980s, with its monster syn drums and huge synth riffs.
Like this? Try these: Sky Ferreira, Night Time, My Time; Dinosaur Jr, Bug
By Andrew Greenhalgh