Vanity Fair is Sean McCann’s inaugural release on his very own Recital Program label. He and Matthew Sullivan banded together to create an ambient world befitting of an outing of urban exploration within the confines of a long-forgotten city that’s been bombed, graffiti’d and shattered to mere crumbs. I’ve come to realize that Sean McCann’s name is synonymous with “beauty.” Unfortunately, I’m not too familiar with Matthew Sullivan but anybody Sean McCann deems fit to work with is certainly worth looking in to. In fact, I’m listening to Sullivan’s Hell On Earth, done under his Earn moniker, as I write this and it’s anything but. Sullivan & McCann have woven something, in the words of Recital, “lush and enchanting.” This is an album that teeters on the edge of disaster, and primal fury, and manages to stay on the sliver of harmony it’s carved out for itself. Sick of this world for now? Go to Vanity Fair. Check it out below via the Spotify stream and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

Greetings, here we have Recital’s inaugural release, “Vanity Fair,” Sean McCann & Matthew Sullivan’s debut collaboration album. A fitting introduction to the ethos of Recital; the desire to turn a new page, to more accurately project what is significant and engaging in contemporary music.

Matt and I had often talked about collaborating, as our musical understandings and interests align. Both drawn to minimalism and graceful ambience, we would trade tidbits and slivers of ideas casually over coffee or wine. For the better part of a year, we procrastinated our theoretical project, which in retrospect allowed our ideas to ferment. So when it actually came time to pop the cork and record, everything fell right into place.

What manifested in the studio was lush and enchanting. The pieces are quite varied, and range from the majestic to the tormented, occasionally synthesizing an almost humorous blend of the two. Presenting a manipulated animal and glockenspiel march, a chamber string and glass rhapsody, and a somber harp and phone ballad – it challenges the listener and expresses the development of both acclaimed artists. It is a timeless, refined effort, that both Matt and I are very proud of.

Pressing of 560 copies.
Also available in a deluxe red-wax edition coupled with an exclusive CDr, “In Concert.”

-Sean McCann / Recital January 2012

Deluxe red-wax edition is limited to 115 copies, and has SOLD OUT

Price $12.95

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