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New Asthmatic Kitty artist DM Stith

October 13, 2008


Asthmatic Kitty Records is set to release the debut recording by DM Stith,
the EP Curtain Speech, on December 9. A creative colleague of label-mates
Sufjan Stevens, Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) and others, Stith is a
one-man-band of layered, orchestral sounds using piano, guitar, strings,
electronics, choir, percussion and pennywhistles. Stith¹s forthcoming
full-length, Heavy Ghost, will come out early next year.

The songs on Curtain Speech reflect a literal autobiography, referencing the
songwriter¹s own apprehension to emerge from behind the veil of anonymity
(from closet songwriter to recording artist), as well as his recent nomadic
ventures from Brooklyn to Buffalo to Bloomington, Indiana, where he¹s
currently enrolled at the graduate school for design at Indiana University.
Written and recorded over a year in Brooklyn, Houghton and Holland, Michigan
(an odd coincidence with the label¹s own history), and mixed in San Diego
with Rafter Roberts, the final EP features appearances by many of the
extended label community including Sufjan Stevens, Worden, Rafter, Sebastian
Krueger and string quartet Osso.

Some of the songs are structured as suites, or mini-soundtracks, using
repeated themes but not always sticking to a traditional verse-chorus-verse
model. This approach calls to mind contemporaries Antony and the Johnsons,
Grizzly Bear, and sometimes the explosiveness of Animal Collective. However,
a handful of other influences cloud the comparison as hints of the
dissonance of Sonic Youth and Henryk Gorecki, expressive vocal techniques of
Caetano Veloso and Mary Margaret O’Hara, and the romance and textures of
Benjamin Britten and Edward Elgar underpin even the simplest of gestures.
Stith contributed design help on Shara Worden¹s albums, as well as backup
vocals and prepared piano to a few songs on Bring Me The Workhorse. During
that period Stith began composing his own work tapping into an earlier
passion. Worden encouraged him to share his private songs with
Asthmatic Kitty Records, and after hearing only two demo songs, the label
invited Stith to write and record an album, Curtain Speech. He may have
taken coaxing from friends to get on stage, but now that he is there he
stands confidently and ready to perform the first act.
For more information, please contact

Carla Sacks, Krista Williams or Brian Shimkovitz at Sacks & Co.,
212.741.1000,, or

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