CMU Approved

Approved: Sleep Party People – In Another World

By | Published on Thursday 20 March 2014

Sleep Party People

Sleep Party People’s second album ‘We Are Drifting On A Sad Song’ was a firm favourite of mine amongst the releases of 2012. However, having nailed that distinct, effects heavy sound first heard on 2010’s eponymous debut, I did always wonder if the project’s leader Brian Batz could maintain the momentum for a third longform release.

Luckily, this seems to be something that played on his mind too. Decanting to San Francisco to work with producers Jeff Saltzman and Mikael Johnston, he set about reinventing the project for album number three, ‘Floating’.

“The whole feel of the album is very different from the two earlier releases. It’s 100% hand-played and totally organic and analogue”, Batz explains. “I wanted it to sound more like a band than a one-man project this time”.

He continues: “It was a very different way of working for me, but an approach I learned to love during the whole process. The feel and the sound on the album is way different from any other SPP album you’ve heard, but I believe that you can still hear that I’m the songwriter and that I have a specific way of writing songs”.

And that is exactly what he shows on the first track to be released from ‘Floating’, ‘In Another World’. Retained is the otherworldliness of the earlier songs, but by ditching the heavy effects of those recordings Batz has lost the more claustrophobic element to his sound and really brought his songwriting to the fore.

‘Floating’ is out on 2 Jun through Blood & Biscuits. Listen to ‘In Another World’ here: