The-Holydrug-Couple-Noctuary

While fellow Chilean psych rockers Follakzoid (also due out on Sacred Bones) cover the grittier, chunkier slabs of the guitar psych spectrum, The Holydrug Couple tackle the slightly more ambient side, sounding smooth, free-flowing and relentlessly hypnotic, like if Real Estate had been munching on a healthy dose of peyote in the studio. The group’s earlier, more rudimentary and acoustic-focused sound has largely been replaced here, and instead the two-piece craft a constantly shifting, greatly melodic and delightfully entrancing record. ‘Noctuary’ is something of a plunge; once you have dived in to its muddy waters you are immersed in the swirling bath of sounds and textures – it’s a hazy trip that evokes classic ’60s British psych via nods to ’70s Germany, all the way up to the modern wonkiness of Connan Mockasin. It’s a wonderfully warbled record in its sound, yet clean and coherent in its finished state of execution.

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