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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Deep Space

Artist: Eisley
Album: Deep Space EP
Release Date: February 14, 2012
Label: Equal Vision Records

The beauty of music is that it can create in listeners a range of emotions. Eisley have always been a band that thrive on this feeling, conveying love, pain, hurt, and hope throughout their oh-so-lovely indie pop rock. After the release of their fantastic album, The Valley, the band headed back into the studio to record more new material, in the form of an EP, which quickly changed from a B-sides compilation to a collection of five new songs, in the form of the Deep Space EP.

The first of the five tracks, "Lights Out," is not without some of the edgy soundscapes heard on The Valley, conveyed in the song's swaying chorus, filled with raw energy, balanced out by a delicate piano part. "Laugh It Off" takes on a dreamy indie pop feel, much like some of Eisley's older songs, and features backing vocals from the talented Christie DuPree, a sister to four fifths of the band and a cousin to the other. The title track of Deep Space proves to be the highlight of the bunch, with an airy atmosphere set by bursting guitars and Sherri DuPree's graceful vocals. For those who heard the band's '09 EP, Fire Kite, "192 Days" may sound familiar, as a fully produced version appears on Deep Space, adding more of a full sound to its vintage pop bliss. The sweet "One Last Song" quickly ends the EP, and does it just the right way, a cheery little love song with delightful lyrics, driven by piano until a tempo change towards the song's climax.

Overall: Deep Space is the perfect way for Eisley to follow up their stellar full length from last year, The Valley. The EP is short and sweet, with an ethereal atmosphere, provided by the enchanting vocals of Sherri and Stacy DuPree, and the driving guitars and percussion which provide a strong backing and are sonically stunning, displayed especially on the title track. My only problem with Deep Space is that it ends too quickly, but after all, it is only an EP, and an exceptionally good one at that.

Rating: 9/10

Reviewed by Brooks Ginnan

  1. Lights Out
  2. Laugh It Off
  3. Deep Space
  4. 192 Days
  5. One Last Song

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