The Holdydrug Couple - Noctuary LP

(Sacred Bones, 2013)

“Noctuary is feelgood trippiness at its zestiest. Songs that start under the camouflage of sixties-flecked pop descend into semi-deranged instrumental wipeouts, crispy guitar giving way to meaty distortion on “Paisley” and the stupendous “Follow Your Way”. There is an ethereal element to other parts of the album, whether in Ives Sepulveda’s elongated chants or in the stoner’s musical diet of slow-burning intensity. Meanwhile, on tunes such as “Sailor” or “It’s Dawning”, the band embarks on the sort of cosmo-grooves more readily associated with Californian acid casualties than anything from further south.


Although in concert The Holydrug Couple bear a passing resemblance to early Pink Floyd (something which curiously doesn’t come across as keenly on record), it is those other dreamers from across the Pacific, Tame Impala, to whom they bear closest relation.” - Nick MacWilliam for Sounds and Colours