Who Should Buy This: Alternative music fans, dancers, people who are heartbroken, and people who believe in art.
Artist: Vancouver Sleep Clinic
Genre: alternative, indie, singer/songwriter
Music Rating: 9/10
Lyrics Rating: 9/10
Sounds Like: Apsley, BANNERS, Scott Quinn
Best thing About this Album: I haven’t been this excited about the pure honesty, raw vulnerability, and electrifying artistic integrity of a complete album in a few years.
One thing I wish was different: There is something to be said for consistency, but I personally would’ve loved to see a bit more diversity explored on this album. (It is fairly diverse as is, but the whole album feels a touch top-heavy to me.) I am loving what I see here, but I get the sense that it’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Website: Vancouver Sleep Clinic
Favorites: Whispers, Living Water, Empire, Someone to Stay, Sleeping World, Wildfire
This is a playlist of all of the songs from the album that will automatically play through the whole album. To skip to a particular song, click on the menu icon in the upper left-hand corner.
Humanity is an interesting topic of contemplation, because it is one of the few subjects that can have no absolutes (though, I suppose if that’s a true statement, it is not one that can accurately be made). The most beautiful parts of humanity come from honesty and authenticity rather than the ideal and aesthetic. Though I’m not saying that this album is in any way unideal or unattractive, that concept has perhaps never been more clear than when I listen to this collection of living art. The expansive music and sincerity in the lyrics set forth and lay bare the quinessence of the beauty of a human soul in such earnestness and innocence, that I can’t help but sit back and marvel at the display.
Here are some of my favorite lines from each track to give you a better lyrical sample of the whole album. Take a look. Take a listen.
“You lost your purpose quietly.” — Whispers
“Now you’re stronger than yourself.” — Killing Me to Love You
“I have scoured all the world, and nothing fills me like your love.” — Living Water
“I’ve lived a lie if it’s not for love.” — Empire
“Can you keep me close? Can you love me most?” — Someone to Stay
“Oh, I can’t breathe.” — Lung
“Now I’m letting go of what I’ve never known.” — Letting Go
“My shallow patience and my tender skin could never free me like you did.” — Sleeping World
“From the dust come all things beautiful.” — Wildfire
“Please take all of me.” — Unworthy
*instrumental majesty* — Revival
That’s it. If you loved these songs as much as I did, please consider supporting Vancouver Sleep Clinic by purchasing the album from their website or on your favorite digital music store (iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon, etc.)
And holler at me in the comments! I’d love to talk to you all about this album.