Why you listen to sad music when you’re sad

July 28, 2010 § 1 Comment

Tim Showalter of Strand of Oaks is probably the most melancholy musician you could find in the great range of North American music that has some sort of Folk association. (Presuming Bon Iver’s highest position.)

The songs are damned by the guy’s life stories, of which possibly all have unfortunate endings.

There’s a time and a place for these sort of depressing and doleful tunes. And it’s usually a terrible time and a terrible place. Music like this puts a sort of emotional/melancholy emphasis on it; it enhances the emotion yet makes it more bearable to endure. It works the same like a soundtrack to a film: the situation is automatically enhanced by the music. In day-to-day life, when one puts on this kind of  music when one is feeling down/emotional, to put it crudely and still slightly analogically, it makes us feel more like we’re in a film. Many sad situations stem from the feeling of isolation and music like that of Tim Showalter’s creations acts as a great comfort, in the way it accompanies you with an ‘I-know-how-you-feel’ look and in the way it expresses your inner-complicated-thoughts that you didn’t realise could be expressed.

Earlier this year, Strand of Oaks released his second album – Pope Killdragon. It’s less autobiographical and a bit more zaney (i.e more instruments and ideas). This isn’t to say his mood has particularly changed, it’s still gloriously and satisfyingly sad !

Leave Ruin #1 hit:

Strand of Oaks – End in Flames

Pope Killdragon #1 hit:

Strand of Oaks – Bonfire

thanks for reading,



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§ One Response to Why you listen to sad music when you’re sad

  • Lam says:

    The kind of music I want playing while I soak in whiskey. Great music, I’ve never head of this band.

    As always, thanks for sharing gents.

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