When I first clicked play on this new Strand Of Oaks track… I was totally not expecting it to sound like this. I guess the shape of the Soundcloud wave form should have tipped me off that this wasn't going to be the more stripped back folk sound of the past, but sometimes I'm not very observant. I had to actually double check that Strand Of Oaks was the same Strand Of Oaks band I was thinking about (after all, there are a lot of “oaks” bands out there & in my headphones lately).
So it took the initial confusion to wear off, as well as me re-calibrating my expectations, before I could properly handle how great of tune this is. And great is exactly what it is. Finding out that J Mascis is helping out with the rocking out —which you can totally hear, but again, my observation skills are low and I needed this pointed out— just adds another layer of icing to the cake (and cause it's Thursday… this tune is definitely 'my jam' worthy).