DM Stith – Apollo, Manchester – 19 May 2011

It was the bill topping Sufjan Stevens whose technicolour set owned the night, but support act DM Stith’s modest sound world made inroads too.

The son of a musical family in New York, Stith can be most basically (and not unfairly) defined by his work’s relation to others’ – his guitar picking and voice bear a sometimes striking resemblance to those of Grizzly Bear/Department of Eagles mainstay Daniel Rossen, whereas his circling melodic loops aren’t so far removed from Peter Broderick’s.

His 15 humble minutes on stage were comprised by four songs, including choice cuts from his debut album Heavy Ghost. ‘Morning Glory Cloud’ was an expected highlight – at its climax, it was the only song to fully puncture the dominant noises of excited chamber folk fans. (The video below shows it in a quieter setting.)

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