Let’s be honest, as names go, DM Stith doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue or stick in the brain. Luckily, Stith’s music is good enough on its own to have created a small groundswell of interest that’s seen Sufjan Stevens sign him to his own imprint, Asthmatic Kitty records, and a full-page feature in The Observer.
The music press is all about circles apparently, and over in the American Indie circles Stith is being compared to Jeff Buckley (I know, I know) and Antony Hegarty, mainly because his voice is arresting and has a tendency to fly from melancholic to joyful in one fell swoop. ‘Pity Dance’, in particular, is a spooky, creeping affair, helped enormously by this unsettling video:
Who do we think is in the bag? Robert Maxwell? Nasty Nick? The mermaid from Splash?
Heavy Ghost, the album this song is taken from, is out on 9 March. Click here for more.