Today we have the honor of having the US premiere of the new album from Sleep Party People, entitled We Were Drifting On A Sad Song, which sees release through Brine and Barnacles next week. Sleep Party People hails from Denmark, which may go some way towards explaining the ethereal beauty in the music. The grandiosity of their sound is something you would expect from a band, but Sleep Party People’s singular mastermind is one Brian Batz. Perhaps it’s down to being just a solo act, but We Were Drifting On A Sad Song manages to hop thrillingly easily between genres from dream pop to bedroom pop to electronica, all with undertones of shoegaze and dream pop.
And, something that comes hand in hand with these genres, and something at which Scandinavians seem to have built into their very DNA, is a natural sense of fantasy; just look at the song titles, which include “Gazing At The Moon,” “Heaven Is Above Us,” and “Things Disappear Like Tears In The Rain.”
Needless to say, We Were Drifting On A Sad Song is the perfect album to get you over the mid-week hump. You can stream it below, and if you want Sleep Party People’s new album to be the one that gets you through every week, then make sure you pre-order it right now from here.
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