Review: If there's a duo who know how to come up with a name, it's Holydrug Couple, and Hyper Super Mega couldn't sound any better. There's a lot of oohing and cooing on this LP, however it's the group's timid and sweet touches that hit home most. There's a friendliness to the music, with "Forever End" the album's undeniable hit number, with echoes of Elton John piano rock (you'll hear it) there to be heard in "Ikebana Telephone Line" too. Further in you'll find the more dreamy, shoegaze-y and 90's pop colours of "I'll Only Say This" and "Easy", to the change in mood that is the urban, danse noir effort "Lucifer's Coat". Take in some more lo-fi synth of "Western Shade" and there's no playing down this album is what Holydrug Couple say it is.
Review: A duo who've put considerable work into exploring the universes that can be located within two chords, Moon Duo may not be a band that anyone is expecting surprises or musical evolution from, rather a journey into their comforting mind-meld of Spacemen 3 drone and krautrock texture. 'Occult Architecture Vol. 2' bucks this trend in style, swapping the imposing darkness of its predecessor for open spaces and beatific soundscapes. The Balearic Neil Young lilt of 'Mirror's Edge' and alien glam stomp of 'The Crystal World', indeed, draw a map towards worlds and visions even admirers of this band didn't realise they were capable of.