Sleep Party People

Lingering, Pt. 2

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Copenhagen musician Brian Batz put in time as a bandmember on the city's indie scene before developing a warped, alluring sound all his own. With more intimate lyrics in hand, Sleep Party People was born of simple experiments with his voice and an old piano in his apartment. By electronically altering his voice and eventually adding other acoustic and electronic instruments, he arrived at a hypnotic, spectral sound. While his music takes the form of mostly three- or four-minute songs, it often lands like a widescreen score for thoughts and dreams. The project grew a fan base in Europe over the course of its first three albums and full-band live shows, but only found its first U.S. distribution when Joyful Noise signed on for fourth LP Lingering in 2017. Using similar components, companion album Lingering, Pt. 2 adopts the same alien aura and longing tone, opening with broken piano chords, clicking mechanical parts, and pedal sustain on the instrumental "4th Drawer Down." After adding string voices and atmospheric synths and effects, it's contrasted by the driving drums and post-punk of "The Mind Still Travels," whose sweetly wistful melody still adheres to the album's persistent melancholia. Throughout, Batz's whispery falsetto, bent pitches (pervasive on "Renhoh 93"), and distorted timbres keep things woozy and strange, even on the invigorated "Outcast Gatherings." The unexpectedly uplifting closer, "Echoing Childhood," while otherworldly, feels more celebratory, as if finally lifting the spaceship out of fog cover. Lyrics can be difficult to parse on Lingering and Lingering, Pt. 2, but vocals temporarily crystallize on "Echoing Childhood" in a section that includes the on-brand "Lost in dreams containing a better life."

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