Field Recordings from the City
Toronto's Sheltered in Sound, the musical guise of Sean Nilsson, plays starkly intimate 21st century indie folk music. The economy of words, mixed with acoustic guitar, harmonica, and looped percussion, has garnered comparison to Hayden, David Gray and Nebraska-era Springsteen. In 2002, Sheltered in Sound released a limited edition EP A Coming Of Age, which received national Canadian airplay on CBC Radio 2, and also airplay support from U.S. college radio. The debut full-length album from Sheltered In Sound, Field Recordings from the City, is an attempt to document the solitude felt in times of grief, disillusion, and the search for identity once the naiveté of youth fades. Field Recordings from the City is locally grounded with many of the songs placed in Canada's largest city of Toronto. The city plays neither hero nor villain, but merely the canvas for which humble observations on the urban human experience are given. The sparse tone of the album came together over a period of months, recorded in the off-hours at a downtown studio. The late night sessions played perfect accomplice to the unflinching personal reflection of the songs. Producer and fellow independent musician Scott Cooper commented, "we aimed to deliver the songs with minimalist arrangement - music to lean into." The special edition hand-numbered digipak includes a code which entitles those who purchase the physical CD, a free download of a digital EP that includes outtakes, alternate takes, remixes and covers.