Artist Of The Week - Anchor & Braille

It's been about three years since we've gotten an album from Anchor & Braille, the indie side project of Anberlin's Stephen Christian, but this week, on July 31st, the band's sophomore album will be released. The Quiet Life is a collection of haunting melodies and catchy percussion, certainly a maturation of sound since 2009's Felt. The Quiet Life is available now in stores and online through Tooth & Nail Records.


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Artist: Stephanie Smith
Album: Stephanie Smith
Release Date: November 17th
Label: Gotee Records

Stephanie Smith rocks! Last year she joined the great family of Gotee Records and soon will be part of “Winter Wonder Slam Tour” in November and December, the date on which release her new self-titled EP “Stephanie Smith - EP”. The EP contains 5 strong and full of energy tracks that were produced by Mark Lee Townsend (Relient K, House of Heroes). Powerful pop/rock with a message about good decisions and healing of the soul, which quickly captured the attention of teens and youth.

The album’ opening song is “Back to Innocence” (first official single) with influences of Paramore and Kelly Clarkson, talks about the intense clamor in the exhaustive and poring life that teens in the seeking to recover the innocence, break chains and decide to be part of change. “Heart Attack” continues the adrenaline with intense guitars, melodies similar to Fireflight work, but this time more aggressively. A message of hope when the consequences come into our lives unexpectedly. Then we met “Pieces of My Heart” with synthesizers, vocals, handclaps and fast drums, screaming restoration and dependence to God when our hearts are broken and knowing that we will rebuild. The pop sound is played by “If You Really Want the World to Change” a song telling us that if we wanna change the world, we have to start for ourselves and learning to forgive each others. Finally, appears “Joshua” with more rockers features who ask God to take control of our hearts. “Come with fire, come with fire” says the bridge, followed by a guitar solo and ending unexpectedly violent EP.

This fantastic EP is the best introduction of what will be the new album from this prodigious singer. “My generation celebrates wounds, instead of celebrating the healing we can have in Christ,” says Stephanie. “But my story is not a sad one anymore. It’s a story of redemption.” This girl is sure to have you rolling down the windows in your car and turning up the volume.

Rating: 8/10

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