Will Stratton

Focus on Will Stratton

Originally from Woodland, California, Will Stratton lives in Beacon, New York and we've been swooning over him all year. This year's Rosewood Almanac is his first with Bella Union and is another in a long line of beautiful, addictive and euphorically downbeat LP's the label have brought into our conscious. 

Although his first LP with Bella Union, and certainly the first time we became aware of his work, Will is actually six albums into his career, with some really engaging EP's and Demos floating around in the ether too. That commitment to time creating music shows, his playing ranges from intricate and fast picked to hazy and atmospheric, recalling all sorts of gestures from John Fahey to Nick Drake with that Sufjan Stevens esq sparkle in their too. Vocally he is so measured, a beuafifull clear voice with no affectation. 

I wrote ‘Manzanita’ last spring. It was the final song I wrote for this album, and it’s about watching plants bloom and take root at the same time as people grow and adapt and age, and how beautiful that can be. Sandy Gordon plays the drums, Gabriel Birnbaum plays the saxophone, Maia Friedman sings backup, and I do the rest, aside from a little swell of strings at the end.
— Will Stratton on Manzanita

More: "An Identity Crisis in a Good Way" - An Interview with Will Stratton on Pop Matters.

Will's story is one to summon myths: son of a traveling preacher and a cancer survivor, his music was found by Bella Union boss Simon Raymonde during a night-time online search. The ten songs on Rosewood Almanac feel consistently delicate and fawn-like, even when their lyrics bare teeth.

With pastoral folk roots, New York singer-songwriter Will Stratton has gotten more discreet in his approach. Not a single note sounds out of place here, meshing into a breathtaking whole.
— Pitchfork
Directed by Evan M. Cohen

We are thrilled to welcome Will Stratton to Sea Change to play as part of the Bella Union twentieth birthday celebrations.

Will Stratton - Some Ride Video

Will Stratton's beautiful new LP Rosewood Almanac is released tomorrow (Drift have copies here) via Bella Union. It is a real stunner, and this Evan M. Cohen video is also lovely.

This is the sound of lost summers, dangling one foot in the waters where Midlake and Iron & Wine have spent time, another in the depths of Nick Drake and Bert Jansch, where folk guitar figures circle like whirlpools.
— The Guardian