It is a victory when hours of "music hunting", listening to tracks, and weeding through blogs and the bowels of Soundcloud and Spotify yields something great. I feel like I have struck oil or discovered a diamond when I stumble upon exceptional music. I don't even think this about all the music I post on this blog - but I mean it when I say Sleep Party People is exceptional.
Hailing from Denmark, SPP's Brian Batz is a one-man miracleworker with magic tools like layers of distorted vocals and the mastery of swelling dissonance. His third album, Floating, was released earlier this month. The ringing keys of "A Stranger Among Us" and the mist of vocals hanging in the air somehow convey a sense of urgency, while hypnotizing you into a foggy high. It is almost paralyzing, in the best way. "A Stranger Among Us" makes me feel like I am, ironically, "floating" in outer space, or shooting lasers in an animated video game.
I will be listening to Floating for a long time.