Wednesday, February 22, 2012

I Am Oak Makes Me Want To Get In My Car And Drive




Most of my readers know I am a huge music fan. I am not a picky listener but know what I like. Bands, songs and sounds that make me feel something! When music touches you, there is nothing else like it.  We have all be saved by music at one time in our lives. When I first heard of I Am Oak, I thought, what the heck kinda name is that?
In 2010, after the release of their debut melancholic folk LP On Claws to critical acclaim, I Am Oak was invited to be a part of over sixty-five tours and festivals throughout the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxemborg, Switzerland, and the UK, including a sold out show at the Unitarian Church as part of the Great Escape festival. Fast forward one year and I Am Oak have released their sophomore LP Oasem to unanimous praise, even earning “Album of the Year” at the prestigious 3VOOR12 Awards. Listen to the award-winning album here:
I Am Oak is the folk/experimental project formed around Dutch singer-songwriter Thijs Kuijken. Described by the 3VOOR12 judges as “night songs” and “songs that take you on a journey,” Kuijken’s truly unique sound is created by manipulating minimalistic sounds into complex and gentle sound arrays using his own voice as the main backbone complemented by guitar, banjo, organ, beats, and samples, all produced and arranged out of his bedroom.

On January 12, 2012 I Am Oak released the Skulk EP via Snowstar Records in the Netherlands. The first single from the EP, “Gills,” premiered on last week, and you can listen to it here, or download/stream it here: (approved to embed and post). You can also stream the entire Skulk EP here:

The “I Am Oak” moniker is derived from "Bergeijk," the village in which Thijs grew up. The name also contains the Dutch word for Oak ("eik") and expresses Thijs’ love and fascination for nature, a theme that is prominent throughout his impressive body of work. You can read more about I Am Oak’s discography at the I Am Oak official website.

I Am Oak will be making their North American debut at this year’s SXSW on March 16, 2012 at St. David’s Bethell Hall at 9pm. For a taste of I Am Oak live, check out this live solo performance of “On Oxen,” the first single from 201o’s On Claws:

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