Strand of Oaks’ highly anticipated new album, In Heaven, is out today to widespread acclaim. Stream/purchase HERE.

Recorded with Kevin Ratterman at Invisible Creature in Los Angeles, In Heaven is a hopeful reflection on love, loss, and enlightenment. In his eighth studio album as Strand of Oaks and first since moving to Austin, TX, Tim Showalter takes his own grief and newly found sobriety and manifests songs that achieve a universality rooted not only in loss, but also joy, celebration, and newfound strength.

Critical acclaim for In Heaven

“The message at the core of ‘Galacticana’ is universal, not only as a remembrance of all that was lost during the pandemic, but as a reflection of the joy and newfound strength we’re feeling right now.”
—NPR Music

“Despite the different moods and directions, it all hangs together in what may be Showalter’s most refined and consistent collection of work yet.”—Stereogum

“pays tribute to his late hero…by emulating the calming, sing-song nursery rhyme cadence of [John] Prine’s best tunes.”—Rolling Stone

“Each time Tim Showalter returns with a new record, you know you’re in for a cathartic experience of extreme emotions…In Heaven, might very well be his best work since 2014’s classic Heal.”—UPROXX

“Somehow, Showalter found solace in the vast, seemingly empty void that is our universe. He plucked hope out of infinity.”—Spin

“The record is full of life, death, and the universe, but it’s nearly always upbeat, and stands to be his most confident work yet.”—The Austin Chronicle

“The album is suffused with grief…but it’s also joyous in an earnest, psychedelic, and uniquely Strand of Oaks way”—The Philadelphia Inquirer “For Strand of Oaks, it just feels like a very natural place to be”
—Brooklyn Vegan

“filled with anthemic hooks”—No Depression

“thanks to Showalter’s deft songwriting and his beautifully emotive vocals, there is a lining of reassurance and optimism felt throughout…many of the songs here have an expansiveness begging for arenas”—Glide

“His ‘Galacticana’ sound is always a thing of beauty”—The Indy Review

“It has the signature Strand of Oaks sound with Showalter’s vocals filling the space and infectious hooks.”—RIFF Magazine

“Whether it’s the grand losses or the day-in, day-out little earthquakes, Showalter has found in himself a song that fits each of those moments.”—Americana Highways

“there aren't many better in the business at building to a musical expanse that Strand of Oaks is…this is must have music from Showalter”—Alt Revue

In celebration of the new music, Showalter will perform select dates this fall supporting Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit and will embark on an extensive headline tour next year. Additional details to be announced soon.

Reflecting on the album, Showalter shares, “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. Music is magic and I feel like the luckiest person in the world that I'm allowed to share it.”

In addition to Showalter on guitars and vocals and Ratterman on drums, the album features Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket) on guitars, Bo Koster (My Morning Jacket, Roger Waters) on keyboards, Cedric LeMoyne (Alanis Morrissette, Remy Zero) on bass and Scott Moore on violin with special guest James Iha (The Smashing Pumpkins) on vocals and guitar on “Easter.”

In Heaven is the follow up to 2019’s Eraserland, which was named one of the top albums of the year by NPR Music, who proclaimed, “brims with moments that will stop you in your tracks…The result is a cosmic tour-de-force,” while Pitchfork declared, “soars in both its booming and hushed moments, a testament to the skills of this lockstep outfit. These seasoned players navigate Showalter’s emotional cosmos with equal parts professionalism and empathy.” Since his debut in 2009, Showalter—performing as Strand of Oaks—has toured relentlessly with sold-out shows across the country including concerts with Jason Isbell and Iron and Wine and appearances on “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” NPR Music’s “Tiny Desk Concert” and many more.

For more information, please contact Asha Goodman, Catherine Snead 615.320.7753 or Carla Sacks 212.741.1000 at Sacks & Co.

1. Galacticana
2. Easter
3. Hurry
4. Horses At Night
5. Somewhere in Chicago
6. Jimi & Stan
7. Sunbathers
8. Carbon
9. Sister Saturn
10. Slipstream
11. Under Heaven

November 30 /// St. Louis, MO /// Stifel Theatre*
December 1 /// Minneapolis, MN /// The Armory*
December 2 /// Milwaukee, WI /// Riverside Theater*
December 4 /// East Moline, IL /// The Rust Belt*
December 7 /// Moon, PA /// UPMC Events Center*

*with Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit