Posts Tagged ‘Chilean’


Chilean psychedelic crew The Holydrug Couple push into exciting realms with “Baby, I’m Going Away,” the latest single from the band’s forthcoming “Moonlust” LP. Propelled by sunny vocal harmonies awash in massive amounts of reverb, the new track sounds more at ease in late 60s Southern California than South America. The trend continues on the rest of Moonlust too, starting with the synth-driven instrumental “Atlantic Postcard,” and on to slyly funky tracks like “French Movie Theme,” “U Don’t Wake Up,” and “Generique Noir” all of which are driven by a highly compressed drum kit that sounds right out of Dilla’s SP-1200.

Fans of sunny 60s pop, psychedelia, soaring electronic music, and anything from early Pink Floyd to Air to the recent Jacco Gardner, make sure to check this out. Then roll one up, and blast this fireside at the closest beach. You’ll get it, and keep hitting repeat too. Get yours at Sacred Bones Records ahead of its May 12 release.

 The video for the song “Electric” by Chilean psychedelia band Föllakzoid, lasts a full 12 minutes. For something to hold your undivided attention that long these days is a minor miracle, so let’s figure out how directors Ion Rakhmatulina and Domingo Garcia-Huidobro did it. First, there’s the strobe light. Rakhmatulina, the Santiago-based video artist who shot the film, pairs Föllakzoid’s hypnotic pulse to beams of light that plunge the grainy hand-held footage in and out of complete blackness.

Then there’s the smoke. Disorienting plumes of it surround the camera as the lights turn on, then off, then on, then off. Soon, you see the silhouettes of the band itself — Garcia-Huidobro on guitar, Diego Lorca on drums and Juan Pablo Rodriguez on bass, assembled on a darkened stage, shrouded in the mist. But the thing that takes this whole production to the next level is the ballerinas.

And when Föllakzoid’s organic tribal trance starts to take hold. This is what occult ceremonies are supposed to sound like. Lorca and Rodriguez establish a hypnotic groove, and Garcia-Huidobro uses foreboding reverb to fill the room.

“Electric” was shot in a darkened fine arts theater in the Chilean capital with only the strobes providing light. The opulent architecture of the theater takes on a dilapidated eeriness as Rakhmatulina’s black-and-white camera slips in and out of focus.



In 2013, Chilean psych-rockers the Holydrug Couple put out the swirling, spaced-out LP “Noctuary” on Sacred Bones. Gabriela once wrote that Sacred Bones artists sound like they’re always “hanging out together in some dark cave,” and she’s right. But if the Holydrug Couple are huddled in that deep cavern, they’re the ones closest to the opening, gazing heavenward at a glittering aurora borealis. That’s what the appropriately named “Dreamy,” the first single from the band’s upcoming album, “Moonlust”, resembles: an endless expanse of colorful night sky. But this new taste of the Holydrug Couple definitely grooves more than anything on Noctuary. Maybe members Ives Sepúlveda and Manuel Parra were jamming to some soul artists during the recording process? The band shouted out both Aretha Franklin and Air as inspirations, which does suggest “Moonlust” will transcend its predecessor’s neon-psych bubble.