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Field Recordings from the City

by Sheltered in Sound

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 guitar, harmonica, and looped percussion, has garnered comparison to Hayden and David Gray.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Falling Stars
3:58 $0.99
2. Held Hostage by a Restless Heart
3:20 $0.99
3. We'll Meet Again
3:17 $0.99
4. Mother's Tears
3:18 $0.99
5. Sleepwalking
3:39 $0.99
6. Mir
4:31 $0.99
7. No Words
3:19 $0.99
8. Welcome to Generica
4:09 $0.99
9. Requiem in A flat minor
3:06 $0.99
10. In Birth and Death
2:26 $0.99
11. One Last Song
2:38 $0.99
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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.



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Natalie Herman

The Sound of the Ameican Southwest
“I’m not trying to change the world,” sings Sean Nilsson at the beginning of “Sleepwalking.” However, after listening to Field Recordings from the City, the debut CD from Sheltered in Sound, one would beg to differ.

Anchored by the scathing “Welcome to Generica,” a song which pithily decries the empty culture encountered all too often, this significant CD addresses a number of heady topics affecting society today. “Mother’s Tears” touches on the futility of war with the on-point observation, “The rich watch the death count while the poor foot the bill.”

If the southwestern United States had a sound, this would be it. Nilsson’s somber vocals, which evoke Tom Petty on more than one occasion, sing the desert. One can envision the sagebrush speeding by outside the window of a vehicle headed down a long straightaway with the mountains looming in the distance. The sorrowful harmonica conjures up tumbleweeds ambling across the barren plains.

It is apt that the record contains a track called “In Birth and Death” as mortality seems to be a prevalent theme throughout the disc. The beautiful violin and cello in this song punctuate the tone.

The cello, played by Alex McMaster, is also excellently employed on “Mir,” a gorgeous piece about loneliness on both the personal and global scale (”I’m feeling like the man on Mir / the one they left in orbit for a year.”) Nilsson’s voice reaches its pinnacle with this song.

Songs like “No Words,” “Requiem in A flat minor” and “One Last Song” indicate that Nilsson is equally as steadfast in his personal convictions as his social ones.

He may not be trying to change the world, but it is possible that with this disc, he can change the way some see it.

Purchasers of the hard-copy CD from get an additional treat – inside the cover is a pair of special codes to enable you to access a digital download of the EP Field Recordings from the Basement, which includes a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark.” Grab your CD and head to Sheltered in Sound to unlock your three bonus tracks.