The Holydrug Couple
With a sound that evokes the dreamlike natural wonders of their homeland, duo the Holydrug Couple are a part of the burgeoning psychedelic rock scene rising out of Chile. Based in Santiago, members Ives Sepúlveda and Manuel Parra have cultivated a drifting, bluesy sound that weaves a gentle, repetitive tapestry of guitar, drums, and vocals around the listener, softly enveloping them in layers of melody. The pair made their debut in 2011 with their first LP, the self-released Awe, before quickly getting the attention of the eclectic, Brooklyn-based label Sacred Bones, where they released their Ancient Land EP the following year. In early 2013, the pair emerged from their home studio with Noctuary, their first full-length for Sacred Bones, followed by a cassette of album demos from their BYM label.
After extensive touring, the band returned with the limited lathe-cut 7" single "Everyone Knows All" b/w "Quetzal" in 2014. Moonlust, their sophomore full-length for Sacred Bones, was prefaced by the singles "Dreamy" and "Baby, I'm Going Away." The album was released in May. Consisting of what the band calls an "unreal group of songs for one of the best non-existing movies of all time", the ambitious Soundtrack for Pantanal dropped in 2017. ~ Gregory Heaney