Sweeney – Middle Ages
This is a limited edition of 200 handmade and hand-numbered collectible copies. It is packaged in a lovely hand-stamped 127mm x 127mm 300 gsm cream recycled cardboard envelope with the front cover image printed on a polaroid style photo paper and an insert sheet containing tracklist, lyrics and information printed on a 110 gsm light yellow fabric paper. It also comes bundled with a download code coupon and a Sound In Silence card.
Middle Ages is a brilliant collection of ten more song-based tracks than his usual Panoptique Electrical sound, with a total duration of about 37 minutes. With the help of his collaborators Jed Palmer and Zoë Barry who provide cello, accordion, string arrangements, guitars and bass, Sweeney creates a peaceful and emotional album full of beautiful textures and sonic landscapes. Centered on his distinctive voice and melodic piano lines, Middle Ages magnificently merges songwriting, modern classical and ambient sounds with minimal beats and field recordings. Mastered by Antony Ryan (ISAN) in Denmark, Middle Ages is a beautifully breathtaking album, highly recommended for devotees of Anohni, Scott Walker and David Sylvian.