Twenty-three year old Australian artist Tim Bettison recently announced his incredible sophomore album as Vancouver Sleep Clinic, and today he shares its second single. A quintessentially gorgeous track from an artist who is known as an essential voice in ambient music, “Summer ’09” is as beautiful as it is heartbreaking, as the song is about the sudden loss of a close friend. Listen to the song and watch its incredibly music video now via Wonderland, and read more about the meaning behind the song from Bettison below.
“At the end of 2017, I got the call that one of my closest friends had died completely out of the blue.
We had grown up inseparable; always playing sport and music together all the way to playing on stage together with me for the first Vancouver Sleep Clinic shows.
My world was flipped upside down and it took days to think properly and months before I could even stomach the idea of writing again.
It wasn’t until a year later, when I was in Bali with my friends and it was raining outside. My friend Luke started playing these chords on his guitar, and everything that had been bottled up inside of me since my friend passed suddenly flooded onto the page. That song became “Summer ’09,” my way to forever immortalize our special connection and those memories from our youth.
“Summer ’09” has been with me everywhere since–in my headphones, in the car, in the park, in my room, and anywhere there is a guitar. Now the time has come for it to be in the world. Although it is difficult for me to let go of it, it gives me peace to know that something that was a source of healing & refuge for me for so long can now be yours, too.”
Pre-order Onwards To Zion, out October 18th, HERE.
Listen to the first single “Bad Dream” HERE.
1) Bad Dream
2) Lovina Beach (Sunrise)
3) Summer ’09
4) Into the Sun
5) Shooting Stars
7) Villa Luna (Midnight)
8) Ghost Town
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