A little breeze blew over recently from our friends at Songs:Illinois, in the form of Denison Witmer's new album. Apart from having a pretty awesome cover, the eponymous release is full of a strange sort of sadness. These soft-spoken modern ballads have all but relinquished themselves to the futility of the 21st century. They scream with yearning and folk-tinged nostalgia, but acknowledge that in truth their voice is merely a whisper among many. This album is a work of rare, understated beauty. It was made for Denison, and your listening seems, not invasive, but rather incredibly humbling. The guest vocals from Sufjan Stevens are also an extremely enjoyably bonus!
Listen and download the album from Denison's Bandcamp and then visit his website.
Witmer is also playing at a few places throughout Western American in September!
Sept 9 – San Francisco @ Cafe Du Nord
Sept 10 – Los Angeles @ Bootleg Bar
Sept 12 – Ventura, CA @ Zooey’s Cafe
Sept 13 – San Diego, CA @ Music Thing Festival
Sept 14 – Tempe, AZ @ Last Exit
Sept 16 – Colorado Springs, CO @ TBA
Sept 17 – Ft. Collins, CO @ Everyday Joe’s
Sept 18 – Denver, CO @ Soiled Dove
Sept 21 – Wenatchee, WA @ Cafe Mela
Sept 22 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
Sept 23 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge