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: Jake Germany
Album: Leftover
Release Date: 1/11/11
Label: Independent

Music that is heartfelt and filled with passion seems to be getting harder and harder to find these days. However, with artists such as acoustic singer-songwriter Jake Germany, it is evident that there are still good artists out there who can not only write a good song, but can perform it with high style. While you may not be familiar with Germany, you may recognize him from touring with bands such a Poema, of whom he plays bass for. This time though, it is only him and mainly an acoustic guitar, singing both mellow and catchy songs. They are laid back and soothing on the ears, and speak of love and hope.

"Welcome" serves its duty as the intro track, with a softly strummed guitar pulsating throughout, before flowing right into the love song, "The Rest Is History." "Secrets" has a folksy vibe to it, mainly a slow song, with some female vocals thrown in as well, before exploding into a colorful ending of electric guitars and crashing drums. The catchy "You Were Never Right" has a very accessible chorus that begs to be sung along with, where the following "Prodigal Father" is more of a reflective tune that deals with a father going through a divorce.

Overall: Jake Germany has given us some quality music on Leftover. The five songs on the album go together cohesively, and show the talented musicianship that Germany wields. Although a bit short, the songs on Leftover have heart behind them, and are worth giving a listen to.

Rating: 8/10

  1. Welcome
  2. The Rest Is History
  3. Secrets
  4. You Were Never Right
  5. Prodigal Father

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