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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*Pre-Order* Songs In Secret

Artist: Great Awakening
Album: Songs In Secret
Release Date: April 26, 2011
Label: Come&Live!

After an impressive debut album, Cities, that released a few years ago, the North Carolina indie worship four-piece, known as Great Awakening, bring us Songs In Secret. The album is sonically a much different album than its predecessor, taking a much more simple look on their sincere worship songs. Gone are most of the spacey, indie rock guitar vibes, instead replaced with more acoustics that give off a raw sound that in my opinion, gives the music a very warm quality.

"Explore" starts off with soft, reverberating guitars, that explode into an lively chorus. Songs like "My Gold" and "Lazarus" contain some heavy basslines, while staying softer, and both "Maranatha" and "Let Me Hear (Ravish Your Heart)" boast much more organic sounds, that gladly invite the listener to worship along with them. A slower, Glorious Unseen-esque song, "Where You Heart Is Prevailing" precedes two more upbeat songs, "The Invitation" and "Carry Me Away." The latter is full of energy, with pounding drums and light piano strokes, that break through the catchy guitar and bass, that build up in the triumphant bridge of "You tore down the shut gates, you pulled me through to You, just to be with me, You broke down the locked door, You rushed in after me, just to be with me!"

Overall: Great Awakening's Songs In Secret is a beautiful worship album. Not as experimental as its predecessor, the 10-song set is full of organic melodies and rich harmonies, embraced by simplistic instrumentation of softly strummed acoustics, bursting electric guitars, and rather raw drumming that captures a live worship feel. Fans of bands such as The Glorious Unseen, Ascend the Hill and The Ember Days will be sure to find a joyous worship experience while listening to Songs In Secret.

  1. Explore
  2. My Gold
  3. Maranatha
  4. Lazarus
  5. Let Me Here (Ravish Your Heart)
  6. Where Your Heart Is Prevailing
  7. The Invitation
  8. Carry Me Away
  9. Come; Follow
  10. Many Waters
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