You probably didn't need to know that Tim Bettinson, the 17-year-old Aussie songwriter who goes by Vancouver Sleep Clinic, had his youthful musical epiphany when he first began listening to Bon Iver and Sigur Ros. All you need to do is listen to his own songs where the lush, layered Justin Vernon falsetto vocals and the sweepingly ambient Ros-ian electronics are all rolled into one cool, shimmering and haunting hymnal mix. Or as The Guardian's Paul Lester asks, "can we call this genus of slow-burning, insidiously melodic, electronic indie-folk-soul Bon Ive-R&B and be done with it?" Prodigious and immensely promising debut EP Winter drops March 10. Click through for "Collapse," a track his bio describes as "the influences of those dark corners inside ourselves."
Vancouver Sleep Clinic - "Flaws" (from the Winter EP)
Vancouver Sleep Clinic - "Collapse" (from the Winter EP)