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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Advent Christmas Ep, Vol. 2

Artist: Future of Forestry
Album: Advent Christmas EP, Volume 2
Release Date: 11/2/10
Label: Credential Recordings

Among all the Christmas music that has released this year, I find that indie rockers Future of Forestry have done something right. I unfortunately have not listened to their previous Advent Christmas EP, but I certainly like what I have heard on Advent Christmas, Volume 2. Creativity is the high point of the six-song effort, with each song having a unique feel, not sounding like the often similar sounding songs heard on many Christmas albums.

A mix of clicks and bells greet the listener on "Joy To The World." The song is elongated with a few verses from the hymn "All Creatures of Our God and King," before "Do You Hear What I Hear?" steps into the spotlight, a mellow offering that breaks into an array of sweeping guitars. An original from the band, "The Earth Stood Still," is much more laid back, leading into the acoustic "Angels We Have Heard On High." An instrumental track takes its place and gives the listener a moment to reflect, before "Pie Jesu" calmly resonates, and ends Advent Christmas, Vol.2.

Rating: 9/10 Future of Forestry have given us one of the best Christmas releases of the year, with their creative Advent Christmas EP, volume 2 of the series. An instrumental, original and four Christmas classics, all reinvented fill the EP, and are all done to a good outcome.

  1. Joy To The World
  2. Do You Hear What I Hear?
  3. The Earth Stood Still
  4. Angels We Have Heard On High
  5. Instrumental
  6. Pie Jesu
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