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Much was left on the cutting room floor when Tim Showalter was preparing Strand of Oaks’ Hard Love for release earlier this year. It wasn’t that the tracks that didn’t make the cut weren’t good enough; they were just deemed “too weird” for the official release. Now, Showalter is giving them a second chance, explaining, “Life is short and more fucked up by the day … and I don’t want to waste any more time being afraid to be weird and let all my songs out there.”
Showalter has announced Harder Love, a collection of unused and alternative takes from the era of its predecessor. Among those songs is “Passing Out,” a track that lends him credibility as a truly versatile songwriter. The track is warm and mellow, acting as the day to Hard Love’s night. It takes a sharp turn away from simmering, hedonistic psychedelia, and drives into folky territory with a lighthearted melange of guitars and relaxed vocals.
Harder Love will be available physically, as a 12” limited to 500 pressings, and digitally, with two additional bonus tracks, on Jan. 19. Check out the cover art and tracklist below, along with “Passing Out” and a performance of “Hard Love” from Strand of Oaks’ Paste Studio session in February.
Harder Love Cover Art:
Harder Love Tracklist:
01. Harder Love
02. Passing Out
03. Cry (Alt Version)
04. On The Hill (Alt Version)
06. Dream Brother
07. Rain Won’t Come
08. Wicked Water
09. Chill Tent
10. On The Hill (Extended) [Bonus Track, Digital Only]
11. Wanna Get Lost [Bonus Track, Digital Only]