This has been said before, I know, but just what is it with Scandinavian music at the moment? In fact, Scandinavian music ever? For a relatively small area of the world, those Scandinavians (most notably the Swedish, but in this case the Danish, too) seem to almost have a monopoly on pop music which is immediately accessible, yet hauntingly or ethereally beautiful. That is, if it's not too busy making your heart beat double time and sing loudly and embarrassingly into whatever else it is you happen to be doing when it comes on. I could list you some bands here, but I'd go on forever.

Regardless of which band's we'd pick out here to show up how wondrous Scandinavian music is, Sleep Party People, the shimmering brainchild of Denmark's Brian Batz, with second album We Were Drifting On A Sad Song, seems to me to be about to take its place on the list. Multi-instrumentalist, composer and our favourite on-stage bunny-mask wearer, Betz certainly doesn't lack that Scandinavian pop-sense, but We Were Drifting On A Sad Song is more likely to have you entranced and swaying slowly after the debauchery of a party, than have you fist pumping away the night in a sweaty, strobe-lit room (like music's most famous rodent-headgear adorned pop-ster, Deadmau5).

Opener 'A Dark God Heart' guides us gently into Batz's strange, distorted world with sweet, sparse piano, before the distinguishing, hauntingly child-like vocals draw you further in. It's a sweet, but animalistic vocal sound, and after you've let it soak in for a little while, it's soon easy to see why Batz and band have chosen to mould their image around the odd-looking fairytale creatures which we've become accustomed to seeing them wear over their faces on stage.

Soothingly strange tones float past us in 'Melancholic Fog' which is a song really best described by its own title, and boasts a sound which largely sums up what We Were Drifting On A Sad Song is all about. There are certainly more powerful-pop moments, though, even if the strange vocal stylings do keep it apart from any other of the innumerable wonderful Scandinavian pop acts I happen to be in love with. 'Things Will Disappear Like Tears In The Rain' builds from its drum machine focused intro into something still ethereal, but at the same time pounding and exciting.

'Gazing At The Moon' is similarly optimistic in tone, and instantly brings to mind comparisons to the uplifting incoherence of Iceland's Jónsi (the more uptempo solo project of Sigur Rós frontman, Jón Þór Birgisson). Whether the songs be shining and bright or more of an aching bizarre mournfulness, however, the effects laden vocals and far away soundscapes not only bring a particularly ghostly feel to the music, but also make lyrics entirely secondary - if you can work out what they are at all - and foreground the general feeling of the songs, rather than what they may actually be written about.

We Were Drifting On A Sad Song is, then, dream-pop at its best, with just enough weirdness to keep us interested and more of its fair share of heart-melting slow-core pop sensibility to bring out a few 3am sways when the night has almost done.