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Vancouver Sleep Clinic – Killing Me To Love You

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So yesterday I posted up some VSC love here’s another stunner throwback, love the video cinematic. If you like what you hear so far, be sure to Pre-order REVIVAL, the debut album of Vancouver Sleep Clinic:


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“Killing Me To Love You” Official Video
Directed by: David M. Helman
Producers: Nathan Scherrer, Jeff Kopchia

No Mana & Zashanell – Clear

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No Mana is back with Zashanell with another banger, although it starts off nice and slow with Zasha’s melancholic robotic voice. It builds up into a guitar over-driven bridge and drops you off for a breather before picking it up again at 3:20. It reminds me of Massive Attack’s Teardrop  with a touch of Brand New’s Daisy on the vocals and guitar build up.

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Vancouver Sleep Clinic – Unworthy

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Big fan of Vancouver Sleep Clinic just found his latest track Unworthy. Its ambient, beautiful and meticulously built for climax. He reminds me a lot of Bon Iver with a combination of Brian Eno and hints of Jon Hopkins and Tycho. 

If you haven’t heard of him before he also goes by the name of Tim Bettinson. He’s worked with several artist most notably Chinese American artist ZHU.  Right now he is working with  Al Shux on his debut album, entitled Revival, set to be released on 7 April 2017.


Here are the lyrics:

You are so worthy of everything I have to give
But i burn with feeble offerings
Nothing to sustain, fan against the flame
Oh what i’ve made

So take all of me
Please take all of me

It’s like I’m running away from me
It’s like I’ve taken the puzzle in me
And left it scrambled for all to see
It’s like I’m fighting behind these walls
And hiding through metaphors
This is real, these are flaws

So take all of me
Please take all of me



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The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It

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Possibly the longest Album Title I can recall, for an Anthem.
Fresh and Indie, just how I like it.
Held together by frontman Matt Healy’s bold-yet-earnest vocal performances, the result is as anthemic as it is intimate.
Musical skill8.7
The Goods
Fresh and Indie just how I like 'em
Got so many layers, you'll definitely have to repeat it like a Crystal Castles album.
The Bad
Its an Acquired Taste
For Unseasoned Indie speculators, will be something new like Vampire Weekend
Blending neon ‘80s art-funk confections with Electronica

Many experts in music agree that the year 2013 was an excellent year for indie pop, with a number of now famous bands finding their first success during that year. One such band is known as the 1975, who saw nothing less than massive success as a result of their debut album, “The 1975.” After the massive success of this piece, the band began recording a follow-up album during most of 2015, and as a result released their second full-length piece in early 2016, known as “I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It,” a work that not only continues the legacy that was created by the band’s first album in 2013, but continues to show that the four-piece from the UK has what it takes to be chart-toppers with their brand of ambient electropop and creative lyrics.

Despite recording “I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It” for nearly a year, fans were largely unaware that the 1975 were in the studio recording a new album. In fact, many fans believed that the band’s debut album would be their only, and that eventually the band would announce a breakup or hiatus. While the rumors began to spread about the future of the 1975 and their music, the band was hard at work creating a new masterpiece, and began to hint at its release in October. October saw the release of the band’s first single since 2013 with the song “Love Me,” a tune that truly caught the attention of new listeners and long-time fans alike.

Long-time fans of the 1975 have come to expect their unique brand of ambient indie-pop, and they will no doubt love its presence in “I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It.” While the album is entirely different from its earlier counterpart by way of lyrics and themes, it continues the same legacy fans came to love as a result of the first album. “I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It” continues with many of the same musical concepts as the band’s self-titled debut, but the meanings behind the songs are vastly different, ranging from the shallowness of today’s society, to drugs, to religion, and lastly, love.

It’s this brand of uniqueness that makes “I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It” an excellent album, and what makes the 1975 such musical geniuses. With this latest release, the four-piece were able to capture the essence of their first album and what it did to please its listeners, make enough changes for the new album to appear fresh and never-before-heard, and released a new masterpiece which will attract old and new fans alike. The 1975’s brand of indie pop is far different than any other on the charts today, and the release of “I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It” really cements the 1975’s reputation as some of today’s best musical innovators.

The 1975’s newest release was prefaced by the release of the track “Love Me,” a single which captured the attention of indie pop fans everywhere. The song discusses fame in today’s culture, and how little it truly means. Lead singer and songwriter Matthew Healy approaches the obsession many people have with celebrities and musicians, and tells them it’s misplaced, ultimately asking his fans not to follow him as they would someone like a Kardashian (who he mentions by name in the song). This song was risky to say the least, as most bands thrive off of the inordinate amounts of attention they receive from fans, and most would agree that any artist looking to top the charts should appeal to the attraction of their audience. The 1975 does away with this idea, and outright tells their fans that such petty obsessions are misplaced, making for a highly interesting (as well as ear-pleasing) song to kick off the band’s new era.

While the 1975 brand themselves as an indie pop artist, their latest release features many songs which could be considered otherwise. In fact, tunes such as “UGH!” and “She’s American” are notably heavy for the typically smooth indie quartet. This rolls back into their traditional indie pop sound with songs such as “The Sound,” and brings listeners back to the band’s first album with very similar tones.

The final song on “I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It” is quite heart touching, and its meaning is almost unexpected from an otherwise upbeat artist. The last song on the album is titled “She Lays Down,” during which Healy gets real with his listeners and talks about the effects of his mother’s post-natal depression, during which she chooses cocaine and essentially causes trouble for herself and her son (the lead singer of the band). This somber yet relatable song is an excellent note with which to end an otherwise fantastic album, and really shows just how versatile the 1975 can be.

After listening to “I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It,” it’s very clear that long-time fans of the 1975 will enjoy the albums subtle connections to their debut album, and new fans will be drawn in by its peaceful, ambient tones. The diversity of the music on the album is sure to appeal to fans of all types, making “I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It” truly worth the listen, whether it be by fans of old or those simply looking to explore a new type of indie pop.
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Anchor & Braille – Songs for the Late Night Drive Home

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Another side of Stephen Christian, A Bit of Everything.
Enjoyable Fun Album
It has RnB, Hip Hop, Rock and Pop elements in all tracks combined. But don't expect any Anberlin elements to come out for you on the record.
Musical skill6.5
The Goods
Its Stephen Christian, legendary singer of Anberlin
The Closest thing you will get to listening to Anberlin again Post-Breakup
Different work entirely from Anberlin and its fresh
Combines and crosses over various genres
The Bad
Stephen's vocals might be a bit overproduced on some tracks
Lyrics are a bit too simplistic in comparison to previous work
A Different Side of Stephen that's eerily similar to Coldplay


Longtime fans of punk music will probably recall a very popular band known as Anberlin, one which concluded its run as a top alternative artist several years ago upon the band’s breakup. While this breakup bruised the hearts of longtime Anberlin fans, they may be able to find some peace in the music of Anberlin’s ex-member Stephen Christian through his band known as Anchor & Braille, particularly through their most recent release, “Songs for the Late Night Drive Home.”

It’s a common misconception of music fans everywhere to believe that Anchor & Braille is a new band, when in fact the project has been around since the early days of Anberlin itself. While Anchor & Braille saw little success during the time of Anberlin, the band has grown in popularity since the former’s breakup, and it reaches new heights with the release of “Songs for the Late Night Drive Home.” For many years, Anchor & Braille released only singles, one’s which Stephen Christian determined simply weren’t befitting of Anberlin and their music style. Through this method, individual songs were released under the name “Anchor & Braille,” and they have since evolved into a standalone band with a full-length album. Anchor & Braille have since released three full-length albums, with “Songs for the Late Night Drive Home” being the third and most recent.

Upon first glance, “Songs for the Late Night Drive Home” is far from attention-capturing. Its cover art leaves much to be desired, and the album itself is far shorter than what many fans were hoping for. With this in mind, the album is still considered to be a full-length release, and although it may be shorter than many were expecting, it still fills its role as an Anchor & Braille release very well, and is overall a great listen.

While Anchor & Braille are connected to Anberlin through their history, they share very little by way of musical style – in fact, this difference is the very essence of Anchor & Braille’s existence as a band. While Anberlin is known for their hard-hitting, angsty punk tunes, “Songs for the Late Night Drive Home” takes the ideas of Stephen Christian in an entirely new direction, featuring sensual songs full of ambiance. The songs featured on this album are sure to make the listener reflect on their thoughts during a listen, and will unavoidable give some sense of romance to anyone hearing it.

Anchor & Braille don’t contrast from Anberlin in their lyrics alone; in fact, one could say that the two share very little outside of Stephen Christian. “Songs for the Late Night Drive Home” features sensational electronic beats that are much closer to pop than punk, truly highlighting the difference between the two entities. In addition, the songs featured on Anchor & Braille’s newest release are in essence ballads, and will appeal to fans of thoughtful music. These ballads range in tone, with some coming across as upbeat and others seemingly somber. With this in mind, it’s important for any new listener of Anchor & Braille to understand that they will not be hearing Anberlin 2.0, but rather an entirely different band with a very different style of writing.

With this in mind, fans of all kinds should give “Songs for the Late Night Drive Home” a listen, whether they be inherent fans of ballads and pop music, or longtime fans of Anberlin looking to hear Stephen Christian’s voice in a new light. Whatever the reason may be, the key is to listen to “Songs for the Late Night Drive Home” with an open mind, understanding that it may not meet initial expectations. Should the first listen go poorly, a second play through may provide some light as to what makes the album different, and why these differences make it great in and of itself. After all, Stephen Christian is a musical genius, and “Songs for the Late Night Drive Home” is no exception.

As for current fans of Anchor & Braille, be prepared for an excellent album when you first go to listen to “Songs for the Late Night Drive Home.” It has everything you might expect from an Anchor & Braille album, albeit much shorter than many would expect. With this in mind, it still provides a wide range of ballads which convey a spectrum of feelings to the listeners, and it becomes ever more apparent with each listen of the album that Anchor & Braille are talented enough on their own to be listened to without previous knowledge of Anberlin.

Many solo artists or ex-band members who form new bands are plagued with fans begging for the same material that was created during the career of the original band. Fans of Fall Out Boy are all too aware of this phenomenon, when lead singer Patrick Stump started a pop career during the hiatus of the legendary alternative band. Fans tend to become upset over the change in music style, and while this is sure to happen with Anchor & Braille, it’s far from deserved. Anyone who has heard “Songs from the Late Night Drive Home” will understand that it is far different from any work done by Anberlin, but true fans understand and appreciate the difference. Skeptical listeners who are unsure of this contrast in style will want to ignore the fact that Anberlin and Anchor & Braille share a member, as his presence in both entities has little to do with the style of each band’s music. With that in mind, “Songs for the Late Night Drive Home” is an excellent album and is worth the listen, whether it be from new fans or fans of old, and it truly shows that Anchor & Braille have what it takes to stand on their own as a band, rather than as an extension of Anberlin.

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