Vinyl LP £14.99 AKR111LP
LP on Asthmatic Kitty.
CD £10.99 AKR111CD
CD on Asthmatic Kitty.
8/10 Penrith Steve 7th September 2015
My initial impression of Denison Witmer's eponymous 9th studio album was that it was an okay, fairly run-of-the-mill singer/songwriter album and I was a bit surprised to find him signed to Sufjan Stevens' Asthmastic Kitty label. I'd heard stuff by him before that hadn't really grabbed me.
I decided to give him another go when this came out in 2013. As the album went on though, and with further listens, it's delicate beauty grew on me. "Constant Muse" was the first song to get it's claws into me. It has a gentle melodic chorus that is not dissimilar to Sufjan Stevens himself. "Asa" is the best track - fairly unassuming for its opening 40 seconds or so, but when the rich, warm backing vocals come in it kind of tingles your spine a bit. The vocals and backing vocals are great throughout the album and add a depth to the choruses. "Keep Moving Brother, Keep Moving Sister" has a soulful lollop that is reminiscent of Richard Swift.
Like most good singer/songwriter albums, the album's production is low-key, understated which lets the quality of the songs shine through.
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