Sleep Party People – We Were Drifting On A Sad Song [Review & Stream]

Posted: March 15, 2012 by Rob Furlong in Loud Music

No Sleep For These Party People

Sleep Party People is the complete bedroom project of Brian Batz from Denmark. With his second studio album, We Were Drifting On A Sad Song, Batz brought more of what we loved from Sleep Party People’s eponymous album from 2010. Extremely experimental and unique, Sleep Party People have emerged as an international phenomenon. From stage presence (the complete group wears bunny masks) to the soothing yet eerie vocals of Batz, the bar was set high for any follow-up project. In that regard We Were Drifting On A Sad Song is like Kobe Bryant’s second ring, just as good if not better than the first.


Batz relies heavily on synthesizers and electronic music production, which proves to be a great tool for a one-man band. Batz also heavily distorts his voice and creates an unparalleled voice effect that can be very soothing, but makes the lyrics hard to understand. This allows the imaginative listener to write his own lyrics.


Along with the extensive use of MIDIs, Batz also uses an acoustic piano with a sunny, uplifting tone. A couple songs could be described as nothing but simple lullabies, yet are completely original. On the flip side, look out for some retro synths to recreate an 80’s party scene with more coke. Don’t forget the songs that really set Sleep Party People apart – the happy tragedies.  The use of the electric guitar is subtle, but not nearly as affluent as on their first album – used effectively. The focus really seemed to be on the electronic side this time around, allowing for entangling beats and unique intangible sounds. The guitar does provide a heavy element among such busy atmosphere of sound.


Ultimately, the genius behind We Were Drifting On A Sad Song lies behind the song writing and organization, which is flawless with perfect intensity. Sleep Party People did not seem to sleep or party much between albums. Batz’ hard work really paid off in the songwriting of this album. The crescendo’s and element build make for lucid dreams for those that listen to music while sleeping.


Sleep Party People created an album that should belong in every collection. We Were Drifting on a Sad Song is an example of music that really means something – music that just doesn’t settle for passing, but wants to over achieve. Musicians whom care about the quality of their music write albums like this. Don’t let this album go by without grabbing it.


-Butch Cassidy

Stream Sleep Party People’s “Chin”  HERE.

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