Psychedelia seems to be a hot topic right now down in Santiago, Chile; the uprising underground scene is blossoming with artists such as the Psychedelic Schafferson Jetplane, La Hell Gang, Föllakzoid, and plenty others. The Holydrug Couple also falls into the 'Modern Chilean Nuggets
' category, and is a collaboration between close friends Manuel Parra and Ives Sepúlveda (also of Föllakzoid). The duo spent months confined in their home recording studio producing Noctuary
, their second full-length release on Sacred Bones, and it's a wonderful 40-minute atmospheric excursion, laced in shimmery psychedelia, echoing reverb, and otherworldly vocals. The Couple at times mirror the '80s psych revival brilliance of Revolving Paint Dream (especially on the opener "Counting Sailboats"), and Arthur Lee's Forever Changes
casts a shadow throughout (check out "Follow Your Way"). Here's hoping the grandchildren of Nuggets
will take a time machine back (forward?) from the Summer of Love and tour the States in support of this swirling psychedelic masterpiece.