Will Stratton's new album Rosewood Almanac is a work of fragile magic, a hypnotic combination of beautifully breathy voice and exquisite lyrical imagery, gorgeous melodies and similarly soft-spun instrumentation, centered on his thrumming acoustic guitar and the verdant presence of velvet strings. Rosewood Almanac was named after Stratton's current pride and joy: his acoustic guitar. "The guitars I love most tend to be rosewood, they have a crystalline tone, but also a really dark heft. When Bob Dylan was obsessed with his ‘wild thin mercury sound', that's the sound of rosewood to me. It's almost menacing in its precision."
The album's spell weaves over a contained ten songs and 34 minutes, from the extra crystalline sparkle via the addition of electric guitar and rhythm section in the opening "Light Blue," to the pared back voice-and-rosewood effect of the closing "Ribbons." Having listened intently to Leonard Cohen and Hank Williams, "singers who try to wring as much meaning out of every sound they're making, in correspondence to every other sound," Stratton has focused his singing and lyric-writing more than ever before. "Some words are political, some are imagistic, some are personal," he vouches.