Denison Witmer / Noah Gundersen
Denison Witmer is an indie singer/songwriter from Lancaster, Pennsylvania with a style described as "neo-folk." He is 15 years and nine albums into his career. Witmer has been compared to 1970s-era singer/songwriters, including Cat Stevens and Nick Drake. His lyrics are poetic and thoughtful. His guitar work, while simple sounding, relies on complex fingerpicking. Witmer’s latest album, The Ones Who Wait, was released on Asthmatic Kitty Records in February 2012. As Witmer looks forward to the next phase of “the cyclical life” of writing, recording and touring, he is philosophical, as always, but confident about releasing an album in an overcrowded marketplace. In an era of social media and perceived self-importance,
Noah Gundersen is in many ways the antithesis of his time. Gundersen’s latest EP, Family, pays homage to the people who have shaped his life. The songs on Family are consistently impressive and defy genre. Whereas roots-tinged songs like "Family" conjure up shades of Ryan Adams, the sweeping and ethereal "Fire," bears similarities to the lush harmonic feats of Fleet Foxes. His sister Abby Gundersen plays violin and sings vocal harmonies on the EP. Her soft voice and lush string accompaniments beautifully compliment a magnetic and emotionally charged group of songs. The two have been playing music together since Noah was 15 and Abby was 12, growing up in the Seattle area.
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