Chilean psychsters The Holydrug Couple return to Sacred Bones for their third LP on the esteemed indie imprint. The band have said all the right things in the run-up to Hyper Super Mega, talking us through their frustration with capitalism and their despair at the oncoming ecological apocalypse as well as name-checking The Beatles and The Beach Boys. This eleven-track record backs up what they've said thus far. All in all it’s quite a bit like Tame Impala.
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Is “Hyper Super Mega” the new “Truly, Madly, Deeply”? Sadly, no, but few can reach the dizzying heights of Savage Garden’s first record, so I’m not holding it against The Holydrug Couple. The tune opens a record of the same name with a noxious atmosphere I’m going to describe, against my better judgement, as ‘sun-dappled’. As the trees sway to the tunes of a violent wind outside, the Honeydrug Couple offer up the last of the summer vibes, giving us one more record to play pretend sunshine and picnics to.
Not that you need me to explain the modus operandi of a band who’ve been doing the business on Sacred Bones for years, but fans of psych pop in flight will love this: it’s got that remotely produced euphoria that makes all feel like a daydream wrapped in a utopian simulation. It’s got the lineage from Sgt. Peppers to an early Tame Impala record into a Morgan Delt album through to the quasi-funky riffs of Unknown Mortal Orchestra. It will make you feel entirely good; it is always the daytime on this record.
On ‘Hyper Super Mega’ the Holydrugs are also more consistent than ever, rolling through a bunch of separately good (if homogenous) pop songs they’ve put on full blast. There aren’t really highlights, such is its flow, but they do occasionally try and wake up their listener a little, offering the slammed piano chords of “Ikebana Telephone Line” before launching into a wonderfully perpetual synthline. They bring things down a little on “Easy”, offering a quiet acoustic ditty with environmental sounds such as ambulances whirring by -- it’s what I imagine sitting on a Manhattan roof feels like. “Hotel Cache” is vintage in vogue with plodding synths and plopping drum machines. Within the confines of their psych folk, there’s ideas to be shared and new horizons to stare into -- but it's mostly the old, reminiscing coziness that makes this worth a visit.
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