Denison Witmer | photo by Donovan Witmer | facebook.com/denisonwitmer
Denison Witmer shakes off the rust in “Save Me From Myself”
Next year, singer-songwriter Denison Witmer returns with American Foursquare, his first album in seven years; he took time off following his 2013 self-titled record to relocate to his hometown of Lancaster, start a carpentry business, and focus on his family.
In a post on Facebook, Witmer said that family life keeps him busy, and without the same amount of time for self-reflection he once had. “While I do miss that alone time, being part of a family has given me a different kind of clarity. My children teach me that my own needs are very simple. They just want to be loved. They just want to be heard. They just want to feel safe.”
After announcing the album last month with “River of Music,” Witmer recently unveiled another a new song from American Foursquare, “Save Me From Myself,” the first song he recorded for the album with producer Thomas Bartlett in his New York City studio on a stormy winter night in February of 2017.
I remember snow hitting the big window of his midtown studio while we were tracking. Everything felt magical. I also remember being really nervous because after my long hiatus from music, I felt musically rusty and wasn’t sure if we were making a new album or if we were just experimenting. When Thomas added the piano part, the song came to life and I somehow knew innately that I was ready to start a new record.
Listen below. American Foursquare is out on Sufjan Stevens’ label Asthmatic Kitty on May 8th, 2020; more information can be found here.