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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An Airplane Carried Me To Bed

Artist: Sky Sailing
Album: An Airplane Carried Me To Bed
Release Date: 7/27/10
Label: Universal Republic

A little over a year ago, I remember discovering a small electronic act fueled by Adam Young, who took on the moniker of Owl City. Little did I know that over a year later, Owl City would be one of the premier electronic pop acts out there, already holding a hit single ("Fireflies") under his belt. Now comes another project from Young, in fact his project before Owl City was around, named Sky Sailing. The high energy electronic sounds are gone for the most part, instead replaced by the sounds of Young's expertise acoustic guitar playing. The acoustic tunes set a mood nearly perfect for good summer relaxation.

Not missing from this album are the light-hearted, whimsical lyrics that Young uses to his advantage. While covering an array of topics on An Airplane Carried Me To Bed, the general themes are found in hope and love. "Brielle" happens to be one of the most memorable of the bunch, with the soaring melodies, although not necessarily all upbeat. Songs like the wittily titled "A Little Opera Goes A Long Way" showcase the perfected guitar playing, something not heard all too much in Owl City. The vocals are somewhat very mellow throughout, but not to worry, will still catch you like a fish on a hook. "Take Me Somewhere Nice" is sure to be a fan favorite and for some reason reminds me a tiny bit of Relient K, but maybe it's just me. Not lacking the piano is the closer "Sailboats," laden with Adam Young's soaring vocals that have captured many fans in the past year.

Rating: 8/10 The acoustic project from Adam Young of Owl City, named Sky Sailing, is a fun album, especially for summertime. Lacking the electronic, upbeat energy found on Owl City, An Airplane Carried Me To Bed is easily still a success and relaxing listen. The perfect album for long walks on the beach or wherever you may be this summer.

  1. Captains of the Sky
  2. Brielle
  3. Steady As She Goes
  4. Explorers
  5. A Little Opera Goes A Long Way
  6. Tennis Elbow
  7. Blue And Red
  8. Alaska
  9. I Live Alone
  10. Take Me Somewhere Nice
  11. Sailboats
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