The Toronto acts have released their latest joint effort; their first collaboration in two years.
‘Sleeper’ offers itself as a breezy affair for BADBADNOTGOOD and Charlotte Day Wilson, that reignited a longstanding partnership between the the two that stems back to Wilson’s appearance on ‘In Your Eyes’ from BBNG’s 2016 album, IV.
The trio, currently consisting of Alexander Sowinski, Chester Hansen and Leland Whitty, often find themselves in a more soulful mood when working alongside the singer, and ‘Sleeper’ is no different in terms of what it brings to the table.
Showcasing the broad range of talents held between these multi-hyphenates, there are still elements of BBNG’s jazz tendencies on show, but would sit well amongst contemporaries such as Khruangbin with its soft palettes and downtempo stylings.
As is so often the case with their compositional work, the track was birthed through a loose improvisational session which Wilson penned lyrics around, adopting a stream-of-consciousness style while taking on the perspective of a lovelorn figure in the song’s narrative.
Having last appeared together on Wilson’s debut album Alpha in 2021, the collaborators have been busy separately in recent times, with BBNG teaming up with Baltimore hardcore band Turnstile to rework three songs from their record GLOW ON earlier in 2023, while Wilson has continued to work on her own output, most recently releasing ‘Forever’, a collaboration with Snoh Aalegra back in August.
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