The majority of us would probably take it easy after having stared death in the face, but not Tim Showalter, brainchild behind the folk-synth-rock project Strand of Oaks.
Quickies rounds up new can’t-miss covers. Download ‘em below.
• Doom-y electropop gal Chelsea Wolfe turns everything she touches to spooky. From her music, an affinity to Nick Cave could pretty much be assumed. She makes the connection explicit in this extra-dark cover of a Bad Seeds gem.
MP3: Chelsea Wolfe – I Let Love In (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds cover)
“The Golden Age” is the first track off Beck’s Sea Change, a depression-filled, acoustic departure from everything Beck fans had previously known. The irony of the title is not the only paradox; though it’s a slow song, Beck sings “Golden Age” almost lightheartedly, describing barely getting by and his general apathy toward life. When you’re writing a full album’s worth of hangdog tunes, it’s not a bad idea to avoid moping right off the bat.
Strand of Oaks has been promoting his latest album, Pope Killdragon, hard this winter, and that’s meant quite a few covers. We last heard from Timothy Showalter a little over a month ago with his fragile version of Phosphorescent’s “Wolves.” He’s kept plenty busy since then, though, and with three new covers released, it seemed about time to catch up.
Regular readers of Cover Me have likely encountered Phosphorescent before, either here or through his 2009 album of Willie Nelson covers. Tim Showalter, the man behind Strand of Oaks, recently turned the tables, covering Phosphorescent’s “Wolves” during a solo set at a Philadelphia radio station. Listen to or download the result below.