Twenty-two year old Australian singer, songwriter and producer Tim Bettinson – a.k.a. Vancouver Sleep Clinic – will release his new EP Therapy Phase 02 next week on October 19th. A sonic exploration of ambient soundscape, hip-hop, and R&B, this EP follows Therapy Phase 01 which was released earlier this year to critical acclaim and has already received millions of streams and support from the likes of KCRW, BBC Radio 1 and Triple J. To celebrate the EP’s release, VSC will embark on a U.S. tour with KASBO, following a busy 2018 that saw Bettinson on back to back tours performing across Europe, Asia and his native Australia. He will be stopping in Pittsburgh at Rex Theater on 11/13. Are you interested in covering or checking out the show?
Vancouver Sleep Clinic has collaborated with the likes of Zhu, THEY, Raury, Wafia, and more, and has had his music featured on T.V. shows including The Good Doctor, Suits, Teen Wolf, Vampire Diaries and more. His multi-part project Therapy was borne out of pure necessity. For Vancouver Sleep Clinic founder Tim Bettinson, there’s no better remedy than music. Having spent the past year in what can only be described as record industry induced purgatory, Bettinson has been battling with both metaphorical and IRL demons, that left him unable to release new music. “Most people have no doubt shared the thoughts and experiences that I’ve expressed in Therapy, and all I really want is for them to be able to connect and find any small kind of hope and assurance from them. I’m not a preacher, a pop star, a leader or anyone who’s on top of things yet and I doubt I ever will be. In reality, I’m learning the same lessons and thinking the same things as most of my generation, so I want to do my part and share how I am dealing with it.” While Therapy is littered with dark moments, the overarching premise is that something beautiful and strong can come out of emptiness. With demons vanquished and independence won back, Vancouver Sleep Clinic is full of new hope.
“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.” – Billboard
“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
“calling his music ‘ethereal’ is not nearly enough. With the amount of energy and emotion thats 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
“Bettinson is in his most organic, naturally flowing state [on ‘Mercy’]” – Earmilk