Release Date: Apr 30, 2013
Record label: Asthmatic Kitty
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
Denison Witmer has always had a knack for writing songs that seem extremely personal and completely relatable at the same time. His new self-titled LP is nothing less than expected from the singer/songwriter. Working out of his own studio in Brooklyn, The Honey Jar, Witmer seems to have had the time to thoughtfully arrange this batch of songs, stacking them up by his already impressive arrangements, and produce one of his best records.
Judge a person by the company they keep, so the old saying goes. And in the case of Denison Witmer, it’s a decent adage to go by. For, if you want to know what the typical Denison Witmer record would sound like, it’s a good starting point to look at the list of his collaborators over the last 15 years. He’s signed to long-term friend Sufjan Stevens‘ record label Asthmatic Kitty and worked with Rosie Thomas and fellow Pennsylvania native William Fitzsimmons.
On Asthmatic Kitty’s SoundCloud page for Denison Witmer’s self-titled tenth studio album, the label compares the Pennsylvania-native’s music to major league baseball pitcher R.A. Dickey’s knuckleball: both are unpredictable and nontraditional. The implication is that Denison Witmer is the equivalent of a masterful Cy Young season. This is, of course, a rather dramatic correlation.