Will Stratton is a champion of independent music. His work is challenging, virtuosic, beautiful, and brave. We recognize him as one of our own, forging his way as an artist through the hazy post-millennial daze of a million bands all playing at the same time. In this context, Will’s quiet, emotionally complex songs feel heroic.
Will Stratton was was diagnosed with stage III testicular cancer last September, and has spent the better part of the last year fighting his way back to recovery. He’s hard at work on a new record, which we all can’t wait to hear. It’s been an honor and a privilege to be able to contribute to and help usher along this benefit compilation. The love and enthusiasm all the artists have put into the project has been totally inspiring. We hope you enjoy the music. All proceeds go directly to Will. We’re hoping to help him deal with some of the medical bills from his treatment, and get him back on his feet as soon as possible.
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No one can accuse Stratton of terseness; his vivid lyricism (WYLYHD, ATTOTS) evokes reminiscence and substance (RF), even at times unto the "afterlight." Frenetic arpeggios (esp. on the baroque 'IFWLE') are moderated by subdued pieces like TRF. There are standout moments on P-E which benefit from collaborators, but the high-point is the 7+ minutes of the orchestral 'YD' that ascends with the aid of slow building viola, cello, violin and erupts to a Jimmy Page inspired, bliss of overdrive. hailhumanists