Therapy is a multi-part project born of intuitive feeling and 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 – a story that we won’t delve into here.
“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.”
These new sounds are not only influenced by recent circumstances, but also by Bettinson’s evolving music tastes, particularly his deep reverence for hip-hop and R&B. They retain the inherent downbeat but euphoric signature sounds of the debut Vancouver Sleep Clinic EP Winter and the first full-length album Revival; only this time around they’re accompanied by fresher melodies, harder hitting beats and instilled with newly reclaimed freedom. As Vancouver Sleep Clinic has regained its independence, the invisible barrier that Bettinson felt separated him from reaching his full potential was demolished.
“For the first time since I was 17, Vancouver Sleep Clinic feels completely my own project again. I can do whatever I want, the possibilities are limitless. Put out three singles in a week, play pop up shows in the woods, give my music away for free, invite fans to bonfires… Whatever random ideas I come up with, I can make them happen instantly and for someone who’s never planned a day ahead in their life, that is everything.”
Vancouver Sleep Clinic has always been bigger than Bettinson, functioning instead as an umbrella for collaboration and community. For Therapy Bettinson enlisted the help of Revival producer Al Shux (Jay-Z), Aussie duo Finatik N Zac (A$AP Rocky) and Grammy nominated Arthur McArthur (Drake). These producers aren’t the only new Vancouver Sleep Clinic collaborators, with THEY’s Drew Love featuring on Therapy Phase 01’s aptly title first single “Closure”, while indigo child Raury shows up on “Vixen”.
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.For tour dates and more visit: www.vancouversleepclinic.org/