Francis Baptiste
Songwriter and Music Journalist

Sleepy Gonzales – mellowtrauma

Written Tuesday, December 3

When this EP first came out I listened to it non-stop for a couple weeks, so much so that I was certain I had already written a review for it. Only recently, looking through some of the old reviews while looking for something good to listen to, did I realize I hadn’t actually gotten around to writing a review for this EP, even though I had intended to as soon as I heard it. I was really excited about this release when it came out. It was the first thing Sleepy Gonzales had released for Light Organ Records and I’m a huge fan of everything Light Organ does. So when I’d heard that Sleepy got signed to Light Organ I was really psyched on the possibilities of where their career might go.

Mellowtrauma is a soothing reverie of five morphine-drip songs that will make you feel morose and empty and calm and at peace all at once. Imagine drowning but you’re passed the painful part and now you’re in a peaceful undercurrent of careless abandon, after you’ve realized all hope for the surface is gone. The cold has numbed any pain and now you’re just adrift in a weightless, all-consuming gentle sustain. Nothing but a heartbeat and a few gentle piano notes echoing in your fading mind. Just steady.

It’s great. I love it.


My name is Francis Baptiste. I'm an Indigenous singer/songwriter in Vancouver, BC, an avid supporter of the Vancouver music scene, a contributing writer to Citrus Magazine, Permanent Rain Press, Music Existence, City Soundcheck, and the leader of the band Bird Parade. I'm also a recovering alcoholic and a divorced single father. Music and writing help me combat depression and relapse. For me, creativity, productivity, and community are essential to healing. There's so much incredible music in this city. You can learn more about the music I make on this page. I think it's good to be open about what you're dealing with, so below are some funny pictures of me from the last time I relapsed. It's important to find humour in dark times.

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