Remember the first time you ate cotton candy? How you were expecting a sweet bite of soft downy cottony goodness? And all you got was a mouthful of grainy sugar… that was… still… good? and BAM! there goes the rest of that deceiving ball of pink fluff.
Traumatizing childhood experiences aside, those are kind of my feelings about Sleep Party People, the disconcerting but oddly appealing dream pop band hailing from Denmark. Their music lures you into the dark recesses between dreams and nightmares, echoing with lead Brian Batz’s haunting falsetto, and fluctuating from lulling music box melodies to agressive symphonic tracks.
And after seeing SPP in concert this past Thursday night in Hong Kong’s Hidden Agenda, the whole playfully-creepy vibe only gets more obvious. Donning skull-like bunny masks and black hoodies, the four band members jam out on their instruments draped over with white sheets. And by “jam,” I mean ferociously attack and/or seemingly fall into a daze. Weird, but good. Like cotton candy.
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This review was written by collaborator Victoria Montalvo, an undergraduate studying film at the University of Texas at Austin and currently studying abroad in Hong Kong.