On July 31st, Anchor & Braille will release The Quiet Life on Tooth and Nail Records. Anchor & Braille was formed by Stephen Christian, frontman for rock band Anberlin, as a solo project in 2008.
The Quiet Life is the follow up to 2009's Felt and was written over the past three years.
Written wherever and whenever he could, The Quiet Life reflects the experiences of life as a nomadic musician and draws influence from the music Christian was personally listening to during the process.
Citing groups like Empire of the Sun and M83 as inspiration, The Quiet Life draws upon electronic elements, complex layers and lush orchestral arrangements. The album's first single, "Goes Without Saying," an indie rock number pairing Christian's yearning vocals against backdrop of twinkling piano and soaring guitars.
The Quiet Life was recorded earlier this year in Peptalk Studio in Christian's current hometown of Nashville. Co-produced and engineered by keyboardist Kevin Dailey of the band Civil Twilight and Anchor & Braille guitarist Micah Tawlks, the album builds on the demos Christian has been working on for years. Though Christian has referred to the disc as a "patchwork record" for his sporadic process, The Quiet Life is a carefully constructed work demonstrating Christian's own love for music as well as his ability to draw from his surroundings and influences to create a unique, thoughtfully crafted musical work all his own.
In support of the album, Anchor & Braille will hit the road this summer beginning July 21st at the Evening Muse in Charlotte, NC and touring through August with stops in Philly, Washington and New York City amongst others. More dates are soon to be announced.
The Quiet Life Tracklisting:
01. Goes Without Saying
02. Knew Then Know Now
03. Find Me
04. In With The New
05. If Not Now When
08. Hymn For Her
09. Everybody Here
10. Before I Start Dreaming