Genres:Folk, Country - Alternative, Pop - Adult Contemporary
The songs on Field Recordings From the City, the debut CD from Sheltered in Sound, range from the personal to the more outward. A cohesive minimalist style was maintained through the recording. Album tracks like We’ll Meet Again and In Birth and Death were heavily influenced by the death of principle songwriter Sean Nilsson’s father. Though much of the album could be considered inward looking, tracks such as Mother’s Tears (a sober view of the Iraq war) and Welcome to Generica (suburbanization of North America) tackle more global concerns.
The overall theme of the record is one of loss. This is not a light-hearted record with mass appeal. Says Nilsson, “I have no plans to quit my day job. This is music best listened to in solitude”. Although not a threat to challenge on the charts, it may be an album for those that appreciate delicate songwriting in the vein of Hayden, Nick Drake or Nebraska-era Springsteen.
Field Recordings from the City is available worldwide through cd baby and itunes. The special edition hand-numbered CD includes a code providing access to a digital EP of outtakes at www.shelteredinsound.com.
"A quiet intensity that holds all 11 tracks together. Nilsson seems to have been concentrating hard on his writing, as Field Recordings From The City is a well-executed collection that effectively captures the urban ennui suggested by the title."
- Jason Schneider, Exclaim Magazine
Honest lyrics and simple composition, Sean Nilsson has made an album he should be proud of. Field Records From The City has charm and is a pleasant discovery."
- Lidia Vila, Torontoindie.com
"There's a real starkness of emotion. [It] really draws you in and keeps you transfixed. A wonderful album, from an undeniably gifted musician, who I'll be paying close attention to in the future."
- Colin Meeks, indielaunchpad.com
“A gorgeous piece about loneliness on both the personal and global scale. Sheltered in Sound may not be trying to change the world, but it is possible that with this disc, he can change the way some see it.”
- Natalie Herman, PWRadio.net
“(Field Recordings From the City) is a great debut album from Sheltered in Sound. Think of it like taking a lonely trip through a busy world.”
– Sandy Smansmith, slowcoustic.com