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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Over The Hills And Everywhere: A Christmas EP

Artist: Seabird
Album: Over The Hills and Everywhere
Release Date: 10/19/10
Label: Credential Recordings

Seabird have always had a knack for originality with their warm, piano-driven  pop rock, which they incorporate well into Christmas music. Having released the two song Silent Night EP last year, this isn't the first we have heard the band's take on Christmas music, but this time around, they offer a bit more, with five new songs, and the two from their prior EP. One of the things I admire about Over The Hills and Everywhere is that all the songs are focused on our Savior's birth, staying true to the real meaning of Christmas.

"Angels We Have Heard On High" opens up, and sounds exactly as expected, with Seabird's slow buildup into a catchy chorus, fluid guitars pulsing throughout, and topped with airy keys. A folk sound is tried on for size on "Go Tell It On The Mountain," before an energetic version of "What Child Is This?" comes into view. The tempo slows down a notch on "Hark The Herald Angels Sing" and "O Come, O Come Emmanuel," but picks up on the joyous "Joy To The World," and then concludes with a great rendition of "Silent Night."

Rating: 8/10 Seabird have crafted a very enjoyable Christmas project, with their latest Over The Hills and Everywhere. It adds a bit more to their previous Silent Night EP that released last year, and comes out with a good result.

  1. Angels We Have Heard On High
  2. Go Tell It On The Mountain
  3. What Child Is This?
  4. Hark The Herald Angels Sing
  5. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
  6. Joy To The World
  7. Silent Night
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