Paleo / Will Stratton (Singer-Songwriter/USA)Donnerstag, 17. Mai
Born in California and raised in New Jersey, Will Stratton laid the foundation for his musical career at the age of four when he began taking piano lessons. Twenty years later, Will has three full lengths under his belt and a promising career ahead of him. What The Night Said (2007), his debut, was written while he was still at high school though still boasts contributions by musicians like Sufjan Stevens (oboe) and his sophomore release, No Wonder was released two years later.
Both releases received critical reclaim. In 2010, Will recorded an entire album in two days and revealed his extraordinary fingerstyle guitar technique with New Vanguard Blues. In March of the same year, he performed a handful of songs for WNYC, which resulted in an free digital EP. His upcoming album, Post-Empire, is due in April 2012.
Paleo lives in the windy city of Chicago, Illinois, where he was born. For 6 years after college he lived out of his car and couch to couch playing more than 800 shows at last count. He garnered most of his notoriety through his 2006 songwriting mecca, The Song Diary, during which in a single year he wrote and recorded 365 songs consecutively. Paste called it “a streetfight of freakish prolificacy,” and Daytrotter’s Sean Moeller playfully crowned him their “Poet Laureate.” His other credits include soundtrack work alongside Okkervil River for the feature film In Search Of A Midnight Kiss (2007), winner of the John Cassavetes Award at the 2009 Independent Spirit Awards, and producing These United States’ psychotropic debut record, A Picture of The Three Of Us At The Gate To The Garden Of Eden (2008), on which he played the majority of the instruments. While previously something of a posterchild for d.i.y. music, in 2009 Paleo signed to Partisan Records (Brooklyn, NY), home to Deer Tick, Mountain Man, Sally Ford & The Sound Outside, and others. With Partisan as his coat-of-arms, he released the stripped-down, folk-pop archipelago A View Of The Sky in 2010 and the freak-folk frankenstein Fruit Of The Spirit in 2011. Both drew a loud round of applause from the blogosphere and Paleo is back in his studio in Chicago working on a follow-up.