w/Taken By Trees and El Perro Del Mar
(photo by NYRockMarket)
Will Stratton played a sold-out Knitting Factory show last Wednesday February 17 in Williamsburg, opening up for an amazing lineup: the beautiful Taken By Trees and El Perro Del Mar. Channeling Nick Drake, Stratton performed a lovely acoustic set of songs full of beautiful lyrics and complex guitar-picking. His first song of the night was "Lying in the Dark," which became a PIXELHORSE favorite as soon as we heard it last April as a Stingray Migration song, another project of Stratton's, with fellow Bennington alums Maia Friedman, Michael Chinworth, and more. The solo acoustic version heard at the show on Wednesday, however, was slower, sans-handclaps and more intimate, shedding a softer light on the tune's otherwise hard-edged lyrics.
You can download tons of good stuff at Will Stratton's Bandcamp. And preview a track from Will's upcoming album The Late Romantics, due out this June. We love this one, "Bluebells," featuring a long ambient piano and electric guitar intro, sort of a la Deadman, but prettier:
Will Stratton - "Bluebells"