Vancouver Sleep Clinic
Revival


3.8
excellent

Review

by SowingSeason STAFF
April 14th, 2017 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It's in the little moments.

There’s a moment 2:01 into “Someone To Stay” – this wholly uplifting, Arcade Fire-esque chorus – that takes the pivoting Revival and rockets it into the stratosphere. It’s difficult to justify how a simple but well-placed whoa-oh-oh could have such a genuinely decisive impact upon an album, but it’s one of those things you just need to hear in its precise context in order to appreciate. That’s sort of the nature of Vancouver Sleep Clinic, this one-man peddled project that immerses itself in ambient-folk leanings while adding just enough wrinkles to keep listeners from ever diagnosing it as a Bon Iver clone. Tim Bettinson’s falsetto vocals will undoubtedly draw both praise and criticism for his eerily similar approach to that of Justin Vernon, but it’s really no worse than the S. Carey’s of the world who still manage to produce critically acclaimed works. Vancouver Sleep Clinic is like a poppier and more eclectic version of these artists, which possesses its obvious drawbacks, but more often than not delivers melodic hooks over haunting backdrops that are worthy of mass consumption.

As I mentioned before though, Revival is all about the fleeting moments that carry more weight than the actual whole. It’s sort of the opposite of the greater than the sum of its parts cliché, as Revival has some long stretches that drag and there’s no overarching themes to tie everything together. The rewards come sporadically, like when Bettinson launches into the beautiful and profound double chorus on ‘Living Water’, professing “you're melding me inside, and now…I finally feel alive.” It’s when he unexpectedly drops a dubstep beat between melodic verses on ‘Letting Go’, or nearly goes post-rock on the all-instrumental, eponymous outro. In a way Revival feels like a piecemeal effort, comprised of unique chain links that somehow work together. Some listeners will call it unfocused, and while they wouldn’t be wrong, it is less of an indecisive “crossroads” and more of an eager exploration. Revival isn’t Vancouver Sleep Clinic’s magnum opus, but it does see the outfit load up its palette with an array of shimmering assets.



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SowingSeason
Moderator
April 14th 2017


24618 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Went for brevity here, but I just wanted something written about this because it's quite good. Also, it's lame to embed a thirty second sample (looking at you, soundcloud), so here:



"Someone to Stay":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNVZ4fzkSu8



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Xenorazr
Contributing Reviewer
April 14th 2017


958 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Yeah, this album is solid, but a bit inconsistent. I thought about reviewing it, but I'm not sure I would've done it justice. When it works well, it's so good.

SowingSeason
Moderator
April 14th 2017


24618 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Exactly. It's actually very difficult to summarize the album. This review is pretty bare bones but then again nobody reads full length reviews anymore so whatever.

Wildhoney
April 14th 2017


82 Comments


"Vancouver Sleep Clinic is like a poppier and more eclectic version of these artists, which possesses its obvious drawbacks..."

Vancouver Sleep Clinic being a poppier and more eclectic version is what possesses drawbacks, or the artists themselves? Less a critique and more of me just being curious of what you think those drawbacks are, as they don't seem so obvious to me. Sounds like he's occupying an interesting little niche and this sounds awesome from how you describe it

henryChinaski
April 15th 2017


3861 Comments


Loved their EP. Definitely checking this out.

theBoneyKing
April 15th 2017


11775 Comments


Great little review Sowing! Tbh I figured this was just standard Sowing-core until I read the bit about the dubstep beat and the post-rock. Color me intrigued. Lord knows I have a million other albums to get to but I might check this out.

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SowingSeason
Moderator
April 15th 2017


24618 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

It's still 75% standard Sowingcore tbh lol

LordePots
April 15th 2017


37760 Comments


Someone To Stay made me want to kill myself even more than that band name

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skoopy48
April 15th 2017


1869 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Dug a few songs on the ep but I'm not feeling this outside of lung. Kinda samey at times and cheesy at others.

Sinternet
April 15th 2017


14501 Comments


fuck that band name

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percyforward
April 17th 2017


70 Comments


why tho?

dbizzles
April 22nd 2017


9856 Comments


Nice review as always, Sowing. Someone rec'd Winter to me once and I don't think I ever checked it.

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SowingSeason
Moderator
April 22nd 2017


24618 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Thanks dbizzles...I actually never heard Winter, but this was nice. Nothing groundbreaking but kind of like a more melodic/poppier Bon Iver.

dbizzles
April 22nd 2017


9856 Comments


That's sounds like a good time.

Dewinged
May 30th 2017


5434 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah jamming this again, and I am not sure about his falsetto.

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