Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Strand of Oaks "Leave Ruin" (2008)
The widespread dispersal of recording technology, combined with the collapse of the traditional music distribution system, has led to a flood of would be auteur projects, the stereotypical "bearded guy in a cabin". While the creative possibilities are exciting, there's also a bit of loss of quality as the gatekeepers disappear.
Strand of Oaks is often described as "folk", which is not, I think, quite accurate. He doesn't seem to draw on the folk tradition. It's clearly rock music, albeit quiet introspective rock in the vein of Bonnie Prince Billy or Songs: Ohio. I don't have fault with his vision or execution, it is just not exceptional. To my ears, this is a great example of an album that you forget 10 minutes after it finishes.