With a name of such intrigue, the Holydrug Couple would be hard to ignore, at least not explore (for other reasons maybe). Well, I can assure you that in this case you’d be rewarded for your efforts as Chileans Ives Sepulveda and Manuel Parra really are the purveyors of fine psychedelic music. Extracted from their latest album release ‘Noctuary’, today’s Track of the Day is another addition to their patchwork quilt covered in cosmic influences and embroidered with deep curiosity.
Just as their name suggests, the Holydrug Couple act to take the roles of shaman with some songs and ‘Counting Sailboats’ has certainly been tailored to alter minds; the deep repetitive bass, ceremonially built upon with waves of synth, spurts of sitar and enchanting vocal see to that. Though, this selection is just a thread of melodious psychedelia in a musical fabric already sewn with tunes reminiscent of early Verve records, slowed down to valium affect, and a whole host of other nice things. It’s fantastic how this track exudes not only the musical influences of the band but also the sun soaked setting of South America and the mystic reflections living in such a place must provoke.
Signed to Brooklyn based label Sacred Bones, the Holydrug Couple still, in my opinion, lack the recognition they deserve but, judging by the strength of today’s selection, the album it’s taken from and the promise of summer, I should imagine that it’ll come in abundance.