Tim Bettinson (aka Vancouver Sleep Clinic) has shared another new song off his upcoming album.
This time it's his emotional new track "Summer 09," which arrived Tuesday with an accompanying video and is clearly one of Bettinson's most personal songs he's released.
"At the end of 2017, I got the call that one of my closest friends had died completely out of the blue," he says of the song's origins. "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."
He adds: "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 ... 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 [and] refuge for me for so long can now be yours, too."
Hear "Summer 09" below.