Release Date: Apr 26, 2011
Record label: Gizeh
Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
What makes Stars of the Lid, the Austin, Texas ambient duo, so damn good at what they do is an almost intangible quality that can really only be aptly summarized by the oh-so-vague: they just feel it, man. This is to say, they just know how to build their layers of ambience to just the right texture, how to put that key change in just right the spot, how to place just the slightest hint of melody to break the drones into something cathartic. Sleepingdog are not Stars of the Lid, but this eliding intro has a purpose because Adam Wiltzie – one half of Stars of the Lid – is a big contributor to Sleepingdog’s new album, 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 latest offering of ambient-pop from Belgium’s Sleepingdog. If there was ever a soundtrack for looking out a single rain-soaked windowpane, then this is it. With their subtle drones, Chantal Acda’s occasional vocals, and echo chamber piano taps, the album’s eight tracks avoid an expansive sound for something more sheltered.
Mostly known for his work with Stars of the Lid, Adam Wiltzie has teamed with singer/songwriter Chantal Acda (one half of True Bypass) to form Sleepingdog. Their collaboration has resulted in With Our Heads in the Clouds and Our Hearts in the Fields, a collection of eight serene and palatial dreamscapes with softly sweet vocals. Incorporating vocals into ambient dreamscapes can be a tricky business, but Acda’s vocals take nothing away from this CD, being a pleasing and ambient aural experience; in fact acting as narratives to these musical soundtracks, forcing the listener to pay closer attention, and ultimately transforming the ambient pieces into mellow songs.