I guess Denison Witmer’s been compared to both Sufjan Stevens and Jose Gonzalez. There is a Sufjan connection as they’ve played on each other’s records. And the Jose connection makes some sense too since he also is one of the few Americans with a record deal with a Swedish label (Bad Taste). In the US his upcoming record, Safe Away, is being put out by MilitiaGroup Records on Oct 17. I’ve written about him before here and here.
Safe Away is actually a re-release of his debut record recorded in 1998 so he probably predates both those artists mentioned above. The re-release is actually a 2 disc set with the second disc being the Are You A Sleeper? ep. Here’s a song from each; first a stripped down song from the re-release of his debut and next a new song from the ep. If you like your indie folk gentle yet atmospheric, sentimental yet somehow realistic, dreamy but also down to earth then pre-order it here.
Bonus Neil Young cover
Denison live in the studio in Sweden performing “California Brown and Blue”