This piece came out over two years ago and it’s still not sold out – how criminal! Chantal Acda, a Belgian artist (who made an appearance on The Dead Texan’s “The Struggle” nine years ago) and Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie (Stars of the Lid, The Dead Texan, A Winged Victory of the Sullen, Aix Em Klemm) joined forces to make Sleepingdog, a project that flirts with Wiltzie’s drone sensibilities that work in tandem with Acda’s lightly-accented billowy vocals. As far as I know, Acda had no published material prior to her contribution to The Dead Texan song. Adam Wiltzie moved to Belgium some time ago and since then he’s been working all kinds of magic there. The title¬†With Our Heads in the Clouds and Our Hearts in the Fields is quite elegant and is an accurate descriptor of the floating piano strikes and drones you’ll hear on this album. Check out the Soundcloud streams of all the songs contained within this album below and see what you think of them. Be safe tonight. Cheers!
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"The album's title is well-chosen, given how much its material combines the ethereal and the emotional into a haunting, forty-three-minute collection that ends up sounding both earthy and heavenly. Though it's early in the year, one might anticipate seeing Our Heads in the Clouds and Our Hearts in the Fields on at least a few year-end 'best of' lists." TEXTURA
"Along with the unembellished musical accompaniment from Hildur Gudnadottir and Chester Desmond on cello and violin respectively, it is the vocals provided by Acda that successfully colour With Our Heads...'s hazy soundscape, her icy and yet somehow sweet falsetto injecting both a heavenly appeal and cold isolation to the transcendental climes. However while the mood and tempo endure this could lead to the recording being deemed as as light in substance as it is in acoustics. Though frankly it succeeds for this subdued feeling with which it hypnotises. Drifting and dreamy and teaming, once again, a talented, if niche pair together." SUBBA CULTCHA
"nothing is over done or added unnecessarily resulting in a touching serenity overall." FUTURE SEQUENCE
"Beautifully delicate, moody and deeply poignant" 4.5/5 IS THIS MUSIC
"It's not often music so quiet and seemingly understated has the capacity to envelop the listener's mind so completely within a matter of a couple of minutes, prompting them - quite unwittingly - to stop everything and simply listen, mouth half-open, rapt by the sheer beauty of the sound." 9/10 WHISPERIN & HOLLERIN
Once upon a time in the days of the Belgian Franc, Chantal Acda made the acquaintance Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie, and the two became fast friends through a mutual love of disco bowling, and 1970's Danish scary movies. They first collaborated with vocals together on the infamous last track, 'The Struggle' on Mr. Wiltzie's 2004 'The Dead Texan' (kranky)
Now, over the course of 10 years, this strange friendship has slowly developed into a musical collaboration which at this point is a rarity for Mr. Wiltzie, because of his notorious slow burning output for his deservedly or unlawfully, but undeniably legendary Stars of the Lid.
For their new release, 'With Our Heads in the Clouds and Our Hearts in the Fields', these two have somehow gone back in time to capture the sound of glacial moving, dark cough syrup pop music. Mr. Wiltzie has manipulated his trademark Stars of the Lid sound of haunting ambience, deconstructing, and funneling it through the beautiful voice, and song compositions of Chantal Acda. Together, Sleepingdog have gently abducted these gaseous tones, and choruses of pacific tree frogs into some beautifully crafted melancholic orchestration that reminds us all that we exist in a world of strangers, drifting only two feet apart.
'With Our Heads in the Clouds and Our Hearts in the Fields' is Sleepingdog's third album after 'Naked in a Clean Bed' (Zeal - 2006) and the critically acclaimed 'Polar Life' (Gizeh/Zeal - 2008).
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