嚴格來說，Sleep Party People只有一個People，就是Brian Batz。這位來自丹麥的創作人，不愛以真面目示人，兔子面具成了其Trademark。雖然Brian深愛Erik Satie、David Lynch和Boards Of Canada，但他卻不想全盤投向Ambient靜態純音樂之中，於是自己一人包辦創作、主唱和所有樂器彈奏，為Sleep Party People建構獨特的風格。
當來到現場演出，Sleep Party People就不再是一人的事情，除了Brian Batz外，還有其他樂手協力，他們一同戴上兔子面具，由一個People成了一群People，而音樂會舞台就成了兔子Party場地。今次Sleep Party People第三次來港表演，地點換上柴灣青年廣場的Y Studio，看著一眾兔人在台上投入地演唱，相信感覺必然光怪陸離。
不少人說Sleep Party People音樂是屬於夜晚的，他們歌曲中那夢幻氛圍和無重狀態，最直接的聯想就是Sleep時睡夢浮遊，由2010年首張同名專集《Sleep Party People》開始，樂隊已送上迷離、黑暗、夢幻、傷感的聲音，往後的《We Were Drifting On A Sad Song》和《Floating》並沒有墨守成規，結他比重多了，節拍變得Upbeat了，而去年轉到美國廠牌Joyful Noise發表的《Lingering》，整體感覺是變得開朗和輕快一點，不過有樣是恆久不變的，就是Sleep mode，分別只是睡眠中發一個怎樣的夢。
Date: 2nd - June 2018 (Saturday)
Time: door open at 19:30, start at 20:00
Venue: Y Studio, 2/F, Youth Square
Address: 238 Chai Wan Road, Chai Wan, Hong Kong
Opening Act: TBA
Ticket Price: HKD$350 (ADV)* / HKD$360 (ONLINE)** / HKD$400 (WALK-IN)
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** 網上門票將於星期一中午十二時於White Noise Records's FB page 獨家發售。
** Online Ticketing will be available for sales exclusively at White Noise's FB page on 12pm Monday (9th-April).
** Plus $10.00 HKD service fee
Total Information / 節目查詢: 9309 3659 (Gary)
White Noise Records: www.whitenoiserecords.org l www.facebook.com/WhiteNoiseRec
Presenter: White Noise
Poster Art Direction / Design: Simon Marchner (www.simonmarchner.de)
Backline Equipment support: Backlinestore
Acknowledgement: , Joyful Noise Recordings, Mentha Project, Youth Square
Sleep Party People (DK)
Though Copenhagen-based Batz & his 5-piece live band have become synonymous with the rabbit masks they wear during Sleep Party People live performances, Lingering finds Batz shedding his guard to create some of the most personal and accessible material of his career. Whilst ‘The Missing Steps’ and other moments on Lingering engage demonstrably with bliss (also the woozy, unhurried not-quite title track, ‘Lingering Eyes’), it is nonetheless a record also concerned with anxiety and doubt, and the ways in which we cope with those insecurities that can persist through adulthood.
A personal high-water mark for Batz from Lingering is the appearance of Air-collaborator Beth Hirsch, who guests on ‘We Are There Together’. A longstanding fan of classic album Moon Safari, he was left tongue-tied when Hirsch contacted him out of the blue, seeking out a collaboration. Whilst Lingering is enriched by several such artistic collaborations – with The Antlers’ Peter Silberman also providing choir arrangements on ‘Dissensions’ – it is equally shaped by Batz’s famously eccentric collection of instruments. ‘Salix And His Soil’ came about when Batz bought an old organ; “When I turned the organ on for the first time, it started playing this crazy fast Super Mario Brothers-ish beat and loop by itself. I got hooked straight away and started jamming along”. Elsewhere, ‘Fainting Spell’ rests entirely on a piano loop played out on the snapped wires of his battered old studio piano.
On Lingering’s album-closer ‘Vivid Dream’, Batz sings of ‘Beating down my own door. Aiming to be flawless and without any mistakes’. Flawed or otherwise, in Lingering, he has unmistakably created a thing of stark beauty.
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