Sleepingdog – With Our Heads In The Clouds And Our Hearts In The Fields
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With Our Heads In The Clouds And Our Hearts In The Fields is the third album from duo Sleepingdog. The group, which sees the pairing of Stars of the Lid member Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie and Chantal Acda who is one half of True Bypass, offer songs that take on an unusual pop formula.
From the offset this approach is clear, with the more experimental intuition of Wiltzie’s past compositions providing an avant-garde backdrop to Acda’s intimate vocals. On Untitled Ballad of You and Me, the droned chords of an electronic keyboard are gradually supported by some minimalist piano play. Later strings and organ also join the proceedings, working to assist the sharp processed lyrics that Acada emits.
On He Loved to See the World Through His Camera, Acda’s tonality is at its melodic best with uplifting and evocative notes resonating deeply within the listener. This experience is enhanced by manipulated and bass heavy strings which, when bowed create a heavy atmosphere around the vocals. The track also includes plucked strings to add an additional layer of sound to this texturally rich creation.
Elsewhere, Scary Movie also comes as a recommended track. One here presumes the title of the song refers to Witlzie and Acada’s shared love for Dutch horror movies from the ‘70s. Once again it is a gentle piano accompaniment that supports the vocals with strings often arriving to provide a greater dimension to the overall score.
With guest support from Hildur Gudnadottir on cello and Chester Desmond on violin, With Our Heads In The Clouds And Our Hearts In The Fields is an album built by a pool of expert sound crafters. In addition, the two central performers, Witlzie and Acada, ensure that their experimental desires do not interfere with creating an accessible auditory experience for the listener. The result is pop music with an ambient twist and one that should appeal to fans and new listeners alike.
- Review by Josh Atkin for Fluid Radio
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