Tim Bettinson or as most people know him, Vancouver Sleep Clinic is an 18 year old wonderkid. Born in Brisbane and taking inspiration from artists such as Bon Iver and Sigur Ros, Bettinson is a breath of fresh air to electronic pop. His debut EP garnered 30 million streams, he’s topped the Hype Machine charts and has been tipped as a big thing of the future by Clash magazine and The Guardian with the latter dubbing him as ‘Australia’s new teen wonder’.
After a two year break he is back with a debut album produced both by himself and Al Shux (Jay Z, Lana Del Rey and Alicia Keys). The recent break allowed him to have time to travel which is where most of this albums inspiration comes from.
Last Friday Zane Lowe premiered Killing Me To Love You on his Beats1 radio show. It is the second track to be released from his forthcoming debut. The song shares the story of a relationship breakdown which is difficult to carry on in. Bettinson brings out the Bon Iver inspiration in this track. His voice mixes with a slow synth intro which then builds with the addition of drums and use of piano in the chorus. The chorus show off both his vocal ability and lyrical strength with a piano melody and vocal solo for part of it. For 18, he comes across as very mature through the lyrics which discuss a heavy subject.
Vancouver Sleep Clinic will be a name to watch out for with the release of his debut album on Colombia Records later this year. He has a major support slot for Daughter on their upcoming Canadian and American November tour and also has his own headline show in London on the 27th of October.