Sleep Party People is a solo recording project of multi-instrumentalist Brian Batz. He’s from Copenhagen, and he’s part of the great roster on the Norwegian dream pop/shoegaze label Riot Factory. His work is heavily influenced by the likes of Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine, Portishead and Flaming Lips.
I don’t know any of his previous work, and I had never heard of him until I found this song in my soundcloud feed. It’s pretty easy to spot the Cocteaus influence here, and I’m always on board with something that owes so much to the dream pop icons. To be honest, it reminds me a lot of the Strata Florida album, which is also a very good thing. Anyway, this is the second song from the forthcoming album.
“Floating Blood of Mine” by Sleep Party People
It’s really airy ethereal in a mid-1990s way, and also heavy and dark in a late 1970s UK goth/post-punk way at the same time. And somehow, it has a flavor that I can’t quite describe or even put a finger on, but it’s something that’s a unique characteristic of the Scandinavian bands that I know.
There’s something in Batz’s falsetto that reminds me quite a bit of Jace Lasek from Besnard Lakes.
So to be short, it sounds like the Cocteaus, Joy Division, and Besnard Lakes all got in a time machine and had a party at Louise Trehy’s (Swallow, Strata Florida) house.
The new album is slated for a June 2 release, and will get distribution outside of Scandinavia via the UK label Blood And Biscuits.
Batz came to San Francisco last year to record the album, and while he recorded it as a solo project, he wanted it to sound like a full band. To that end, he departed from his normal method of using a lot of digital things and a lot of multi-tracking. With this one, he played a lot of live instruments and limited himself to 24 tracks for each song.
Whatever he did, I like it.
You can go to the Blood and Biscuits bandcamp shop to pre-order Floating.