Friday, 22 April 2011

EARTOTHEGROUND: sleepingdog - With Our Heads in the Clouds and Our Hearts in the Fields

With Our Heads in the Clouds and Our Hearts in the Fields is the third full length sleepingdog album, the latest noise of the collaboration between Adam Wiltzie of Stars of the Lid (BCT ep. 11) and The Dead Texan (BCT ep. 5) and Belgian singer Chantal Acda (you can listen to the whole thing BELOW) is released this coming Monday (25th April) on Gizeh records.
Underlying With Our Heads... is Wiltzie's everpresent trademark orchestral drone, and the overall effect of its coupling with Acda's so-dreamy-they-might-not-actually-be-real-after-all vocals really does almost make the use of the word "ethereal" too obvious to use in reference to any of sleepingdog's releases.  And yet, it's something rarely avoided...
This is an album where all Wiltzie's best talents for creating understated, deep-set soundscapes are put to work in various fairly disparate ways.  At times these almost engulf Acda's manipulated vocals, such as on album opener Untitled Ballad of You and Me, and at other times, the relative crispness of the vocal production, with the higher level of the vocals in the mix lends particular emphasis to the lyrics, such as on first single off the album, He Loved to See the World Through His Camera.
The natural quality of Acda's voice, and Wiltzie's long-established knack for unwittingly powerful arrangements make for a record of such intense warmth, that if you threw it on a bonfire ... emmm ... well ... depending on what format it was in, it would probably melt ... but for the sake of a metaphor, everybody would probably have to step back a bit ...

Anyway ... listen to it for yourself ...

Release Date: 25.04.2011

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