EVDEP031 – Sleepwreck – Disasterpiece EP
The star of Jesse Davis Selkirk is rising astronomically, but he’s no flash-in-the-pan. It’s been a wild ride from his guitar-based roots in Saskatoon as an improvisatory children’s folk-pop slash existential prairie hip-hop singer-songwriter, launching his now-defunct Green Bottle Street project back in 2005, to his transition to Vancouver and rebirth as the genre-defying cyber-tribal bass-kicker Sleepwreck. In only a couple short years, Selkirk has established himself as one of the most exciting artists in the West Coast’s lauded electronic music scene.
Following his 2014 debut Prototype Self EP on Street Ritual and his “Lighter than Air” collaboration with Trypta and Candace Marie that appeared on EVD Bass 4, and quickly became one of East Van Digital’s best-selling singles, Disasterpiece presents undeniable evidence of a creative dynamo hitting his stride. With his reputation as a performer expanding exponentially, making his debut appearance at the incomparable Shambhala Music Festival in 2015 in full warrior mystic face-paint regalia with his bevy of priestesses wafting incense and celebratory incantations over the enraptured audience, Disasterpiece captures small fragments of the spiritually overwhelming energy of his live shows in its four flawlessly produced, inspirationally imaginative bass-worshipping tracks.
The EP begins with “Moment of Truth.” Though the title sounds serious, its mood is positively elating. The cerebral electric guitar picking and panning evokes classic Capitol K, while its bouncing breakbeat and crisp interplay between its growling bass line and filtered lead fall more in line with an uplifting Opiuo number, all fleshed out by a tinkling chime and tweaked wordless vocals that extrapolate the melody.
Contrasting the up of the opener, “Makes the Sugar Sweeter” has an emotional vibe. This is declared audibly by its unravelling vocal samples, yet felt deeply in its drum and bass-tinged percussion, heavy kick with sine wave sub bass, descending acoustic guitar strums, and haunting feminine sighs.
“Take It Apart” is so strikingly dramatic that it seems possible the Lucent Dossier Experience may manifest out of thin air at its very sound. Tribal drums pound with serrated vocals and reversed guitar rising in surges, giving way to an alien mutated vocal refrain of gnashing broken glass and bodily fluids.
The Disasterpiece EP closes with its epic title track. Garbled speech liquidly rises and falls as the beat and wordless masculine vocals gather momentum, giving way to a downtempo breakbeat thick with textural guitar and lingering melodic fragments, yet it keeps building, subtly but surely. Its massive bassline doesn’t kick in until past the three-minute mark, with the drop coming organically rather than at the will of some predetermined main stage design.
Totalling 21 minutes, the EP seems to fly by in half that time, yet oh so far it takes us. Each track has a distinctive presence, adaptable to a wide variety of situations. Selkirk has achieved a dream near impossible, to imbue his music with the immediacy of live performance yet the dynamic precision of studio wizardry. This is the sound of a star being born.
February 12th, 2016.
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Cover art by EVD Art Director Jai Field.