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: My Epic
Album: Yet
Release Date: 7/6/10
Label: Facedown/Dreamt Music

In these days, indie rock is showing to be one of the quickest growing genres out there. The style can take two directions. A more calming and relaxing form or a heavier side that even reaches into lighter shades of post-hardcore. With My Epic, they seem to take both sides with their sophomore release, titled Yet. As a whole, this album may be a masterpiece in it's own perspective, ranging from some beautiful instrumentation to some harsher gang vocals found in a few songs. The songwriting is also top notch, showing that My Epic wear their faith out on their sleeves.

Yet starts out on a high note, with three of the strongest tracks on the album occupying the first three spots on the album. "Author" starts off with their indie rock sound, along with some intense gang vocals, and has lyrics that easily sound like they could be from mewithoutYou. "Beautiful in me is You, every good thing, every true thing" resound in the song and in fact, accompany a beautiful song. Following up is the guitar heavy "Lower Still" that features an appearance from Micah Boyce of So Long Forgotten. Micah's vocals sound great and very strong on the song, showing his vocal flexibility. The guitars aren't the only heavy thing on the song. More gang vocals greet the song, but this time, are yelled. The lyrics talk of Jesus being beaten and carrying the cross, for the sake of saving us.

Vocalist Aaron Stone's vocals are chilling on "Lashes," which are a plea to God, saying "I'm ashamed that You love me, send grace for the hearts that I stole." The song also has some heavy bass on it, along with a sound that draws comparisons to the likes of As Cities Burn. The calming tones of the album kick into gear starting with "Rich," that has a sound not to far from bands such as Deas Vail. The layered vocals that close out the song are mixed with the eclectic guitar work found on much of Yet.

The two oppositely named songs, "Patience and Silence" and "Sound and Fury," both have lyrics that are cry out to God. "Take all my fury and throw it out into the wind" represents the stronger of the two tracks, "Sound and Fury." It has some of the best guitar riffs heard from My Epic, which transition into the next track, "Pour." Something that I admire about this track and many of the others are the boldness found in the honest lyrics and heavy instrumentation that go along with the softer vocals from Aaron. There are a few times where the music does get a bit distracting and a small bit dreary, but aside from that, My Epic have created a beautiful album with a message that they are not afraid to share.

Rating: 8/10 My Epic have created a solid album with Yet, their sophomore release. The lyrics and music are both chilling, containing a great message of God's love and what He went through for us. This album is guaranteed to be a good listen, a blessing at that.

  1. Author
  2. Lower Still
  3. Lashes
  4. Rich
  5. Patience and Silence
  6. Sound and Fury
  7. Pour
  8. Ashes
  9. Further Up/Further In
  10. Perfector
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