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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Yearbook - March - EP

Artist: Sleeping At Last
Album: March EP
Release Date: March 1st, 2011
Label: Independent

March has been and is usually a big month for music, and the downside of that is that some bands don't get credit where credit is due. Sleeping At Last have been hard at work on their year-long Yearbook project, with six of the twelve EPs already released. This month's edition, the March EP released on the first day of the month, and is certainly worth the listen.

The calming indie music of Sleeping At Last is something that can be listened to, for reflecting on and enjoying life. The band's second instrumental to date on the project, "Pacific," begins and ends with piano, with strings added throughout the song. "Outlines" adds in some quiet electronic effects to go along with softly played guitar, that eventually breaks into an orchestrated section, and a vocal crescendo from singer Ryan O'Neal.

Of all of the guest artists on Yearbook thus far, whether it be many providing drums, string sections, or even guest vocals, the best guest appearance takes it's place on the ukulele-laden duet with Jon Foreman of Switchfoot. It's always great to hear Foreman in such a laid back setting, and him singing on "Birthright" makes it all the better, both when his voice mixes with O'Neal's, and when he sings the second verse himself.

Overall: One of their best EP's released so far, Sleeping At Last have added another chapter to their already impressive Yearbook series. With half the project done, there's a good chance SAL will be sure to try some new things, and continue to put out more quality music, like they've done on March.

  1. Pacific
  2. Outlines
  3. Birthright (feat. Jon Foreman of Switchfoot)
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