From the Sheltered in Sound website:
The overall theme of the record is one of loss. This is not a light-hearted record with mass appeal. Says Nilsson, “I have no plans to quit my day job. This is music best listened to in solitude”. Although not a threat to challenge on the charts, it may be an album for those that appreciate delicate songwriting in the vein of Hayden, Nick Drake or Nebraska-era Springsteen.
My own words:
While my tastes range wide and far, and my liking for an artist can depend on so many factors, including my mood when I first encounter them, who they are most similar to, and the waning and waxing of the moon, every so often I come across a song that completely stops me in my tracks; that pushes the world around me away for a few minutes; leaving me in my own world, just myself and whoever is singing that song.
Sean Nilsson, a.k.a Sheltered in Sound, is the first artist to do this to me in over four months, since I first discovered William Fitzsimmons. I’ve included two of his songs here – the Ryan-Adams-circa-Suicide-Handbook-esque “Falling Stars” and the Tom-McRae-meets-Matthew-Ryan sparsity of “Held Hostage By A Restless Heart”.
Sheltered in Sound has a number of reference points – Matthew Ryan’s more accessible work and an artist I adored on MP3.com many years ago named Jon Kahn (latterly of the band The Color Green, even more latterly back as a solo artist, and even more latterly back with The Color Green again (yes, I know using latterly like that doesn’t make sense. Shut up.)) immediately spring to mind. However, Sheltered in Sound takes familiar ground and treads it in his own way: ground covered in frost, where only his, and ours, footsteps can be seen, and where deeply affecting music can be heard.