By Michael Grondin
Calgary’s Sleepkit execute Champion Weekend, their debut release, with great attention to detail. It’s an eleven-song behemoth of a journey into psychedelia.
To call this album lush would be an understatement. Layers upon layers of Marie Sulkowski’s colourful analog synths — some swooning, some bleep-blooping, others emanating as the focal points of their unending yet oh-so-entertaining compositions — set the stage for Ryan Bourne’s crunchy and driving bass lines.
Champion Weekend has got all the right levels of grit and chaos, balancing in place for interweaving, reverb-soaked singing and steady, pounding drums.
Their influences are clear, taking inspiration from classic, experimental synth rock, but they do not hesitate to add their own flair to this dedicated, full sounding effort. It’s like they blasted their way out of another dimension and time warped directly through the 1960s, ending up in today’s technologically driven world.
Sleepkit have found a working formula for blending songs that are both hazy and full of feedback, to powerful and crunchy, to smooth and melodic. Some perfect for dancing, some perfect for smashing things to bits on an intergalactic road trip.
Champion Weekend is precise and calculated while simultaneously saturated in Technicolor feedback.Champion Weekend, Sleepkit