In 2010 SLEEP PARTY PEOPLE released their self-titled debut album. Wait, they? Much more it is Brian Batz’s bedroom project that at live-shows comes as a full band. This album was out album of the week some time ago. Now about two years after the debut-album, Brian Batz is back and SLEEP PARTY PEOPLE are ready to write more dark fairytales. People who come with rabbit-masks, a voice that is pitched higher, music that couldn’t be more dreamy…this all blew me away from the very first time I heard & saw it.

Then, some weeks ago a new video to a new song was released. A Dark God Heart and it blew me away even more. First, it is a song that couldn’t be more fragile, more beautiful and more dreamy. Second, a video that couldn’t underline all this more perfect. A perfection that can definitely not be seen / be heard that often. And at the same time I think that no music-video has ever made me that disturbed, that no music-video has ever shown me the fragility of life in a way like this. If you haven’t seen the video by now, this is your chance:

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The first single off their new album, We Were Drifting On A Sad Song, is titled Chin and is a song that is not as fragile as A Dark God Heart, but it brings a dreamy atmosphere that is of pure beauty. You can listen to Chin here…our tip: click play, lay back and close your eyes. You won’t regret it, because the party people will make you sleep, or better: they’ll make you dream, for about 4:31 min. Promised

But what about the rest of the album? Are A Dark God Heart and Chin just exceptional good songs or is We Were Drifting On A Sad Song an album that is again worth the title album of the week? To make it short: it is worth the title. Even more: it would be a shame if SLEEP PARTY PEOPLE wouldn’t be crowned for this masterpiece of slowcore / dreampop / shoegaze.

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So why not talking about each song? The beginning of the title-song, We Were Drifting On A Sad Song reminds a bit of M83, but when the voice of Brian Batz come in you know this is no 80s party-song, this is not even made for partying in any way. This is a sad song and you’ll be drifting on it. Probably quite like the party people do. A song that combines 80s-sounds with melancholy in a perfect way. Melancholy – that’s the word that is needed to – at least to some extent – describe the next song, Melancholic Fog. A piano, a violin, some electronic sounds and again – this amazing pitched-voice that make you feel like you’d be catched in a fairytale. This “being catched” can be a Heavy Burden – what’s the title of the next track, too. Don’t need to say that this song is dreamy, right? A soft breakbeat makes your head move back and forth as if you are in trance, as if you’d try to escape from what’s bad. But you simply can’t move, it’s a Heavy Burden.

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Have you ever been outside at night. staring at the moon? Gazing At The Moon is the title of the album’s sixth song and it sounds like walking through the night, because you can’t stay inside. You need to go out, because you are drive by sadness. The would destroy you, so you find yourself outside, Gazing At The Moon. When doing so you suddenly will realize that Heaven Is Above Us and you’ll start thinking about how small we are and about that the world simply wouldn’t care about if you are lost, if I am lost, if we are lost – or simply not there, anymore. You will understand that Thing Will Disappear Like Tears In The Rain

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…and recognizing this makes you sad, it makes you think about your own life and about the things that are worth living for. Cry and the rain washes away your tears – they disappear quite like so many things that disappeared here and there. Things you always thought you couldn’t live without…isn’t life strange? And so The City Light Died and the album closes. SLEEP PARTY PEOPLE made me drifting on sad songs. That’s why I love this band so much, because they show how fragile we are. They make me think about the question LOGH asked in their song A Sunset Knife To Fight: “how dark is the endless night and how vain the fight?”

We Were Drifting On A Sad Song is an album that everyone who is into dreamy and sad music simply has to listen to…

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SLEEP PARTY PEOPLE
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slowcore / dreampop / shoegaze
from Denmark

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