Chilean duo Ives and Manu aka The Holydrug Couple began in Santiago 2008. The pair started playing together and following a five year friendship and mutual appreciation for psychedelia, sixties soul singers, eighties South American synthpop, French electro and French film soundtrack music, particularly the work of Serge Gainsbourg. ‘Moonlust’ is a self recorded cosmic hook machine that manages to maintain the benefits of their many influences whilst venturing far beyond them.
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7/10 Clinton Staff review, 07 May 2015
Sometimes there's only so much bedroom recreation of classic '70's and '80's soft rock you can take. The upcoming Unknown Mortal Orchestra kind of reaches fill level with shitty drum sounds, '70's synths and the vague feeling of hearing some Stevie Wonder demos made with his hands tied together. Groups like Toro Y Moi have done this sound to death already so really is there any need for this album to exist in these saturated times? Well sort of.
There are certainly some enjoyable moments - the instrumental 'French Movie Theme' is a pleasingly synth surf cross over and opener 'Atlantic Postcard' has some gorgeously hazy guitars over some washy synths which makes you long to stay at the beach all day. The breathy vocals are nicely Real Estate and it lulls you into the sort of drifting mood you get into when you are on your summer holidays. It's a nice sounding record - maybe a bit heavy on the synths at times and the compressed drum sound starts to grate after a few tracks - but I'm certainly enjoying the instrumental tracks more than the vocal ones which sound sorta like the stuff everyone else is doing at the moment.
However, summer is on its way and the Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Toro Y Moi records won't last you through. Room for one more?
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