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Will Stratton Gray Lodge Wisdom [2014]

Will Stratton — Gray Lodge Wisdom [April 29th, 2014]

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  EXCELLENT ALBUM Will Stratton — Gray Lodge Wisdom  & NOMINATED in TAIS AWARDS 2015
≈   Will Stratton (b. in Woodland, CA, 1987) is an American songwriter, guitarist, and arranger. He has released four full-length albums, an EP, and two compilations of rarities and instrumentals. His music has been featured on NPR, WNYC, WFMU, and other radio stations and publications. 
≈   “I hope that this doesn't come across as a Record About Cancer, because it's not.” “Why sing about death when I just almost died?/Why sing about life when I'm still alive?” — Will Stratton
Location: Brooklyn, NY, United States
Album release: April 29th, 2014
Record Label: Talitres (Europe except Scandinavia) / Big Oil Recording Co. (Scandinavia)
Duration:     31:03
Tracks:
01. Gray Lodge Wisdom (Feat. The Weather Station)       4:07
02. Dreams Of Big Sur      3:12
03. Wild Rose      3:10
04. Yeah, I'll Requite Your Love      4:20
05. Long Live The Hudson River Valley       2:36
06. Do You Love Where You Live?       3:30
07. The Arrow Darkens       3:26
08. Fate Song       6:42
Credits:
♦  Will Stratton: guitar, piano, vocals, mixing, engineering, other instruments, string arrangement on "Gray Lodge Wisdom"
♦  Tamara Lindeman (The Weather Station): guest verse (vocals and lyrics) on "Gray Lodge Wisdom"
♦  Maia Friedman: vocals on "Yeah, I'll Requite Your Love"
♦  Hollie Fullbrook (Tiny Ruins): vocals on "The Arrow Darkens"
♦  Rob Moose: violin
♦  Maxim Moston: violin
♦  Nadia Sirota: viola
♦  Clarice Jensen: cello
♦  Sarah Kirkland Snider: string arrangements on "Yeah I'll Requite Your Love" and "The Arrow Darkens"
♦  Nico Muhly: string arrangement on "Do You Love Where You Live?"
♦  Alexander Overington: string arrangement on "Dreams Of Big Sur"
♦  Aaron Roche: trombone on "Fate Song"
♦  Kieran Kelly: additional engineering
REVIEW
By ALEX GALLACHER, 14 MARCH 2014
≈   New York-based songwriter, composer, and arranger Will Stratton has a new album out on Talitres (28 April 2014) titled Gray Lodge Wisdom. The title track which you can hear below features a guest verse from Will’s good friend Tamara Lindeman (aka The Weather Station).
≈   Will had a tough time of it not too long ago when he was diagnosed with stage III testicular cancer. A great benefit compilation was released last year called If You Wait Long Enough: Songs Of Will Stratton, the proceeds from which went towards the medical bills from his treatment. Needless to say it’s great to see him back with a new album.
≈   Another very worthy mention is that he recently opened for the legendary Gary Higgins…Yes, that Gary Higgins who released the 1973 psych-folk masterpiece Red Hash, a personal favourite…you can’t beat Down on the Farm.
≈   I admit I love seeing other peoples music lists especially when they’re a music maker so I shamelessly pillaged this from his blog:
Will’s 13 top records of 2013 were:
13. Bill Frisell — Big Sur
12. Son Lux — Lanterns
11. Zachary Cale — Blue Rider
10. Nadia Sirota — Baroque
09. Steve Gunn — Time Off
08. Deafheaven — Sunbather
07. Cass McCombs — Big Wheel and Others
06. William Tyler — Impossible Truth
05. TWVE — All Material
04. The Field — Cupid’s Head
03. Bill Callahan — Dream River
02. Dawn Of Midi — Dysnomia
01. Jon Hopkins — Immunity
Read more on Will’s Blog: www.willstratton.tumblr.com
In french:
≈   "Paru il y a deux ans, Post-Empire était le quatrième album de Will Stratton, mais le premier à mettre son nom sur la carte des folksingers sensibles. Une écoute un peu attentive faisait d'ailleurs craquer les coutures de ce costume trop étroit. Pas plus que Nick Drake, dont il assume l'héritage avec son chant doucement voilé et son — picking de guitare à la fois ferme et vire­voltant, Stratton n'est réductible à l'étiquette folk. Avec ou sans arrangements de cordes (à l'occasion signés du prodige Nico Muhly), ses compositions ont le bon goût d'associer à leurs nuances parfois complexes une belle franchise et une sensation immédiate d'intimité.
≈   L'année dernière, celle de ses 26 ans, le jeune homme a passé le plus clair de son temps à soigner un cancer. Gray Lodge Wisdom est la chronique sans pesanteur de ce combat singulier. « Pourquoi chanter la mort alors qu'on a failli mourir ? », interroge la chanson-titre au début de l'album. La suite est le voyage presque immobile d'un musicien qui a trouvé pour répliquer à sa maladie la meilleure manière : musicale. Cloué au lit, les yeux fermés, il songe à sa Californie natale, aux villes du monde qu'il a visitées, aux amours et beautés qui l'ont fait vivre. Cette revanche est terrible et sereine : un chapelet de huit chansons s'écoulant comme un ruisseau de montagne. A la fin, Fate Song dénoue le fil sans en rajouter sur le thème de la renaissance. « Nul autre à blâmer que moi-même/pour la peur qui presque a eu ma peau »... Plus proche de nous que jamais, Will Stratton cherche quelqu'un à remercier, nous en prend à témoin. La réponse est dans ce disque radieux." (source: www.telerama.fr )
≈   Encore un excellent album sorti sur le label bordelais Talitres dont les choix sont presque systématiquement recommandables. N'hésitez pas à visiter sa boutique en ligne: http://talitres.com/
Website: http://willstratton.com/
Bandcamp: http://willstratton.bandcamp.com/
Tumblr: http://willstratton.tumblr.com/
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/wstratton
Twitter: https://twitter.com/maybewill
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/willstrattonmusic
Contact: wstratton@gmail.com
Artist Biography by Andrew Leahey
≈   A self-professed disciple of Nick Drake, California native Will Stratton launched his songwriting career as a teenager. Having taken piano lessons since the age of four, he later picked up the acoustic guitar and began composing before he entered high school. ≈   Several years later, Stratton found himself attending college (where he pursued a degree in Music Composition) while playing shows in support of his debut effort, 2007's What the Night Said. Sufjan Stevens made an appearance on the album, thus strengthening Stratton's connection to the songwriters who influenced his writing. His second album, No Wonder, appeared in 2009.
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Will Stratton Gray Lodge Wisdom [2014]

 

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