Spotify removes album of silence by US funk band

Vulfpeck asked fans to steam the album repeatedly overnight to raise money to go on tour

Spotify has removed an album of silence by US funk band Vulfpeck because it breaks the streaming site’s terms of content.

The band’s fourth album ‘Sleepify’ is 10 tracks of complete silence. The band put it online and encouraged fans to stream it on repeat overnight to generate money to go on tour, tickets for which would be free.

However, Vulfpeck have now revealed that they were asked to remove the album because it breaches Spotify’s terms of content.


In reponse, the band have posted a three-track EP on Spotify called ‘Official Statement’.

The first track, ‘#Hurt’, includes a message from frontman Jack Stratton which says: “About five minutes ago I received an email from Spotify. The gist of it was that, while they enjoy ‘Sleepify’ and thought it was funny and clever, it violated their terms of content.”

He added: “So I don’t know what’s going to happen with it – it’s very uncertain at the moment…And in light of that uncertainly I want to take 30 seconds silence to ponder the uncertainty.”

The message is then followed by, ‘#Reflect’, which is 31 seconds of silence and ‘Parted Sea (Strong Pesach)’, an instrumental track.

Spotify did not wish to comment on the story when approached by NME.