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Folk/Americana - Released May 8, 2020 | Asthmatic Kitty

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 30, 2013 | Asthmatic Kitty

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Rock - Released March 26, 2002 | Burnt Toast Vinyl

On his second full-length release, Denison Witmer again proves that he knows his way around the standard singer/songwriter song, wrapping nakedly confessional verse around light melodies and laid-back arrangements. As if he's spent the last few years mainlining James Taylor and Dan Fogelberg's cumulative '70s work, Witmer is an almost awkwardly honest lyricist, with his unassuming croon cast as the perfect vehicle for his introspective musings. Commonplace, yet entirely well-assembled, with an impressive cast of musicians contributing bass, drums, mellotron, piano, and backup vocals to flesh out the contemplative din of streamlined autumnal sounds, it becomes somewhat apparent that Witmer's talent as an arranger is outstripping his abilities as a communicator at this stage in his career. And that's hardly a complaint, as his lean folk-pop approach is generally quite engaging, regardless of any perceived lack of punch. Overall, Witmer presents himself as a well-endowed artist who only has to grow a bit to fully develop his considerable gifts. © Matt Fink /TiVo
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Folk/Americana - Released October 25, 2019 | Asthmatic Kitty

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Rock - Released September 24, 2002 | Burnt Toast Vinyl

Released in September 2002 (with a vinyl pre-press two months before), Philadelphia Songs incorporates styles from the previous two albums -- the shimmering sparsity of Safe Away and the warm '70s production heard in Of Joy and Sorrow -- to create an aural townscape not unlike the album's namesake. At times impressionistic, at times complete, Denison Witmer's songs continue to blend familiar imagery with autobiographical or self-revealing lyrical passages and hooks. The alternative rock treatment of "24 Turned 25" brings to mind Elliott Smith, while the quiet acoustic intensity of "Leaving Philadelphia," with its haunting chord changes and coldly beautiful picking style, would not be out of place on an early Bruce Cockburn record. Yet, production quality almost cannot compete with the richness and depth of the cover art, as it blends sequenced drums with real drums and comes shy of delivering the fullness of Witmer's sound in live performance. The song "Stations" is resurrected from the previous album (Of Joy and Sorrow), changing faces from its earlier country-rock stylings to a stripped-down acoustic number, still retaining the lovely female harmony vocal. However, in contrast to its predecessor, the album Philadelphia Songs strives more toward the unbroken experience, and it may be said that the melodies do not distinguish themselves as immediately or interestingly as before (though this gains appropriateness from the fact that Witmer's themes often hinge on the passage of time). Fragmentary piano passages, nestled in the din of crowd noise, bookend the album, while the most thoughtful and personalized lyrics provide the flesh of the work. Like a filmmaker's film, this is a picturesque songwriter's collection, continuing to explore forms, but not straying from the formula that has so far characterized Denison Witmer's career. © Lisa M. Smith /TiVo
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World - Released April 23, 2004 | Denison Witmer

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Rock - Released March 26, 2002 | Burnt Toast Vinyl

A seven-song EP that makes for pleasant, if not obligatory, listening, Denison Witmer traverses the well-worn path of confessional folk-pop armed largely with only an acoustic guitar and a short lifetime of memories. That being said, there is nothing startlingly original about his sound, being equal parts Elliott Smith and Damien Jurado. Probably one of the first singer/songwriters to grow nostalgic for the decade of the '80s, Witmer opens and closes the album with his thoughtful rumination of the decade "when our world was honest." His inviting, though not particularly distinctive, voice is a more than suitable partner for his stripped-down aesthetic, which is occasionally augmented by piano and bass for a more filled-out sound. At his best, Witmer wraps vaguely familiar melodies around thoughtful ruminations that place him within the "sensitive guy" coffeehouse crowd, though his songwriting hooks generally lack an immediate resonance. In the end, Witmer's sound is undeniably solid but makes you appreciate the seemingly effortless tunefulness of songwriters like Elliott Smith all the more. © Matt Fink /TiVo
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Rock - Released January 1, 2003 | Fugitive Records

If Cat Power's Chan Marshall can do a covers record, then so can Denison Witmer. Hopefully implying personal recovery as well as a clever record title, Recovered reveals Witmer's influences and admirations that seep into his strong songwriting. And although he's sung about the '80s in the past, here he mostly adopts timeless melodies and lyrics from '70s adult contemporary. Using techniques from that time period (recording live, using vintage equipment), this could easily have been recorded in 1976. Witmer does a great job of re-introducing these works, dusting them off and breathing in new life -- which shouldn't be too difficult for him, considering these songs express Witmer's own personal journeys. Graham Nash's "Simple Man" and Fleetwood Mac's "Songbird," the two leadoff tracks, are just as convincing with Witmer's affecting, anguished voice. Carole King's "So Far Away" is one of the more affecting choices, a solemn piece that is just one example of Witmer's connection to his own delicate songwriting. Due to that relationship, it's a great way to be introduced to an era that may have been overlooked. © Kenyon Hopkin /TiVo
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Folk/Americana - Released December 6, 2019 | Asthmatic Kitty

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Christmas Music - Released November 22, 2019 | Asthmatic Kitty

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Folk/Americana - Released April 2, 2020 | Asthmatic Kitty

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Folk/Americana - Released April 17, 2020 | Asthmatic Kitty

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 29, 2013 | Asthmatic Kitty

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 6, 2012 | Asthmatic Kitty

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 6, 2012 | Asthmatic Kitty