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.

“Chin” Music Video

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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Vivian Hua (華婷婷) wears a lot of random hats, but has somewhat mastered globetrotting like a hobo and evading traditional 9-to-5 work schedules. She enjoys observing human idiosyncrasies perhaps more than anything and is a magnet for homeless people (a joy) and bug bites of all types (absolutely terrible). Through her work, she hopes to embrace the temporary while documenting the nostalgic, using divination and dream symbolism as guides through the cosmic maze. Additional writing, art, video, and other crap, like her astrological chart, can be seen at She is the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE magazine, and quite appreciates unsolicited personal e-mails just to shoot the shit and narrow the gaps between human beings.