Sleep Party People – We Were Drifting On A Sad Song Album Review (w/ Full Album Stream) + “Chin” / “A Dark God Heart” Music Videos {NSFW}

In this compound post for Danish band Sleep Party People, we review the music videos for “Chin and “A Dark God Heart,” and continue with an album review and full album stream for their latest, We Were Drifting On A Sad Song.

Sleep Party People are really trying their best to present their music as the kind for the moments between wake and sleep, and journalists lifting straight off the press release are certainly spreading this message along for no particular reason — until now. This sleek and spacey video for “Chin” is certainly the best indicator of Sleep Party People’s intentions yet, reaching true ballerina-meets-outerspace take-off about halfway through, when a succession of (irregular) hexagonal shapes remind you that you should watch Carl Sagan’s Cosmos. (I’ve taken the liberty of posting a clip of that at the bottom of this post, because… why not?) This video, directed by Obscura and featuring dancer Caroline Baldwin, is just an all-around a delicious view, with its rainbow projections of space.


Download MP3 for Sleep Party People’s “Chin”

“A Dark God Heart” Music Video

Continuing with Scandinavian tendencies towards the human extremes is the epic video for Sleep Party People’s “A Dark God Heart” — one rather fucked up yet starkly beautiful video. Don’t let the classical piano and sunshine fool you; those disembodied vocals and strings ramp up dramatically and somewhat comically, into a crescendo of sound and nudity! Full film credits at the bottom of this post.

We Were Drifting On A Sad Song Album Review

As though they are taking cues from Donnie Darko (but really taking cues from Boards of Canada, David Lynch, Erik Satie, and classic movie soundtracks), Danish dream pop and shoegaze band Sleep Party People don bunny ears and maintain an air of mystery around their latest album, We Were Drifting On A Sad Song.

The brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Brian Batz, the album makes great use of organic and digital instrumentation to capture life’s glimmering and treacherous moments with equal delicacy. Batz’s vocals are generally unintelligible given their eerie and effected nature, but song titles like “Things Will Disappear Like Tears In The Rain” and “Melancholic Fog” make one understand implicitly the emotions of subdued happiness present. This you might expect from any well-to-do Scandinavian release, but Batz’s leaning towards unconventional decision-making — such as incorporating lethargic vocals into the dancey “Chin,” diving deeply into classical with “Heaven Is Above Us,” or making “We Were Drifting On A Sad Song” an unexpectedly banging track — makes the record a tad more dynamic than most that are exploring these genres.

We Were Drifting On A Sad Song tracklisting and full album stream at the bottom of this post.


Purchase We Were Drifting On A Sad Song

01. A Dark God Heart
02. Chin
03. We Were Drifting On A Sad Song
04. Melancholic Fog
05. Heavy Burden
06. Gazing At The Moon
07. Heaven Is Above Us
08. Things Will Disappear Like Tears In The Rain
09. The City Light Died

DIRECTOR Marie Limkilde
PRODUCER Josefine Gervang Heimburger
CINEMATOGRAPHY Sturla Brandt Grøvlen
ASSISTANT CAMERA Brian Curt Petersen
DIT Sille Martens
EDITOR Linda Man
COLORGRADER Joseph Barrett
STORYBOARD Carmen Hannibal
GRAPHIC Robi Dwi Antono

Carl Sagan’s Cosmos


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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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