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Denison Witmer's first full-length release, Safe Away, is a giveaway of the dual talents behind the work. The fond appeal of Witmer's own songwriting, in combination with the shimmering instrumental work of Don Peris (the "Innocence Mission") unfolds with airy simplicity. Unlike successive albums, Safe Away is minimally produced — a close replication of a live acoustic performance, with touches of organ or guitar appearing almost as subconscious blushes of emotion, rather than anything to be focused on by the listener. Witmer proceeds through the set list with the confidence and generosity of a seasoned songwriter, despite the journal-like candor of his lyrics. As he opens his heart, Peris likewise opens volumes of space with his reverberant production style, setting Witmer on good footing for his first of several records on the Burnt Toast Vinyl label. [This bonus-disc edition includes the EPs "Are You a Sleeper?," "Live w/Saxon Shore" and two bonus tracks.] ~ Lisa M. Smith, Rovi


Born: Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Tagged by many music journalists as one of the most likely songwriters to fill the void left by Elliott Smith in the acoustic indie singer/songwriter movement, Denison Witmer catalogs the experiences of young adulthood in almost painfully honest detail. With a soft and sensitive voice that perfectly matches his laid-back 1970s California pop production and subtly expressive guitar work, he has gone from writing in his journal to becoming an intimate of like-minded artists like Damien Jurado and Pedro...
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