VANCOUVER SLEEP CLINIC Releases New Album 'Onwards To Zion' Today!

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“I love this music, and I want to learn more about who Vancouver Sleep Clinic is...a notable gem” - NPR Music

"Here's hoping there's plenty more where ['Mercy'] came from." - Complex

"Standing at the intersection of chillingly ambient and deeply emotive, ['Closure' also doubles as Bettinson’s promise to weather the storm and re-enter the music world full force." - Pigeons & Planes

"Heavenly and harmonious layers are woven together in a cohesive and unassuming fashion, often united by a steadying though subtle pulse heard on nearly every song."

"dreamy ambience" - The Line of Best Fit 

"['Vixen' has] an ambient groove that finds the type of balance between R&B and folk...Though its skittering beat and airy production lean closer to modern R&B, gentle acoustics throughout keep it all very grounded." - Consequence of Sound

"...an acoustic-guitar tune about fear, tenacity, and the resilience of youth" - FLOOD

"calling his music 'ethereal' is not nearly enough. With the amount of energy and emotion that’s exuded from his efforts, we need more intense adjectives to describe his sound, and, to be honest, there's never going to be enough to accurately and justifiably detail what he creates." - Hilly Dilly 

Twenty-three year old Australian artist Tim Bettinson has become an essential voice in ambient music since releasing his stunning debut EP to critical acclaim as Vancouver Sleep Clinic in 2014. Now--following years of major label purgatory and a concerted effort on Bettinson’s part to reclaim his music for himself--Vancouver Sleep Clinic releases its transcendent sophomore album today, Onwards to Zion. Written during a period of isolation in Bali with his friends in the fall of 2018, this record is a purposeful departure from his forays into electronically driven song construction and a return to his busking roots, as it was written mostly on guitar. There's also a tonal shift in the music since his multi-part project Therapy 1 and Therapy 2 in 2018. “The Therapy songs mostly came from a place of frustration—just me complaining about the situation I was in back then,” says Bettinson. “When I sat down to think about the new album, I realized I don’t want my discography to reflect bitterness: I want to put something positive into the world. So even though it’s got some darkness, and it’s a bit of an emotional rollercoaster at times, the album is very much coming from a place of love. I’d love for it to leave people feeling re-energized, and ready to just keep pressing on in their own lives.”

Bad Dream” | “Summer ‘09

Vancouver Sleep Clinic will kick off a European/UK tour next month, and return stateside for a North American run in December. See below to find a show near you, and get your tickets HERE.

Tour Dates:
11/11 - Berlin, Germany - silent green Kulturquartier
11/12 - Köln, Germany - Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld
11/14 - Hamburg, Germany - Nochtspeicher
11/15 - København V, Denmark - VEGA
11/19 - Oslo, Norway - John Dee Live Club & Pub
11/22 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
11/25 - London, United Kingdom - The Garage
11/26 - Paris, France - Petit Bain
12/1 - Toronto - Velvet Underground
12/3 - New York - Bowery Ballroom
12/5 - Chicago - Sleeping Village
12/8 - Seattle - Barboza
12/9 - Vancouver BC - Biltmore
12/10 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
12/14 - LA - El Rey Theatre