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Will Stratton's new track "Manzanita" is a heartwarming look at growth and getting older

08 May 2017, 13:30 | Written by Laurence Day

Will Stratton is sharing "Manzanita", the latest glorious single from his upcoming Bella Union debut Rosewood Almanac.

The New York state-based singer/songwriter knits magnetic magic on "Manzanita". It begins life as a spindly piece of bucolic folk, with Stratton's sun-bleached vocals dragging guitar twinkles into the daylight - as the seconds tick by keys and drums add depth, before rousing harmonies and string blooms interject. It's a song bursting with warmth and heart and salient words on the majesty of love.

"I wrote 'Manzanita' last spring," Stratton explains. "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."

May

16 - Amsterdam, Paradiso
18 - Bristol, The Lantern
19 - London, Rough Trade East (instore)
22 - London, Oslo
23 - Leeds, Headrow House
24 - London, The Lexington

Rosewood Almanac is out 12 May via Bella Union.

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