11 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Less than two minutes long and featuring six lines, "Let Go a Little" is key to understanding Denison Witmer. The Philadelphia-spawned singer/songwriter has been making records since the late '90s and has built a moderate audience to unravel his poetic vagueness. He's always preferred the dark, slow, acoustic side, where traveling is never light or easy. This high seriousness mixed with efforts at spontaneity makes for unpredictable results, and the songs either mean more or less than he thinks. "Take More Than You Need" nails the intimacy of the early-'70s singer/songwriters he's obvious committed to memory. "Right Behind You" is an intimate portrait worthy of an album titled after himself. And in the shuffling "Keep Moving Brother, Keep Moving Sister," he sings: "I consider my name/The one I'm given and the one I became/and the difference between hangs inside the stars, my love." It's a more promising outcome than "Made Out for This," where his question of purpose could bring about the wrong answer. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Less than two minutes long and featuring six lines, "Let Go a Little" is key to understanding Denison Witmer. The Philadelphia-spawned singer/songwriter has been making records since the late '90s and has built a moderate audience to unravel his poetic vagueness. He's always preferred the dark, slow, acoustic side, where traveling is never light or easy. This high seriousness mixed with efforts at spontaneity makes for unpredictable results, and the songs either mean more or less than he thinks. "Take More Than You Need" nails the intimacy of the early-'70s singer/songwriters he's obvious committed to memory. "Right Behind You" is an intimate portrait worthy of an album titled after himself. And in the shuffling "Keep Moving Brother, Keep Moving Sister," he sings: "I consider my name/The one I'm given and the one I became/and the difference between hangs inside the stars, my love." It's a more promising outcome than "Made Out for This," where his question of purpose could bring about the wrong answer. 

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About Denison Witmer

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 the Lion over the span of a few albums.

Growing up in Lancaster, PA, Witmer picked up the guitar at the age of 16 and was soon showing enough promise to draw the interest of the Innocence Mission's Don Peris. As Peris became Witmer's musical mentor, he would oversee and play guitar and keyboard on his apprentice's first recordings, 2000's River Bends EP and the much-heralded Safe Away. His reputation rising among singer/songwriters and bolstered by appearances on the summer festival scene, Witmer would sign on with Burnt Toast Vinyl for 2001's The '80s E.P. and 2002's Of Joy & Sorrow, the latter finding him expanding into more electric sounds and having his efforts rewarded with overwhelmingly favorable reviews and extensive North American tour dates. Philadelphia Songs followed later that year before Recovered was released in summer 2003 on Fugitive. Are You a Dreamer? marked Witmer's debut on The Militia Group two years later; the label then reissued Safe Away in October 2006 as a double album coupled with the EP Are You a Sleeper? (a tie-in to the Dreamer album) and several live bonus tracks. ~ Matt Fink

  • ORIGIN
    Philadelphia, PA
  • GENRE
    Rock

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