The second instalment of 'Hidden Gems and Forgotten Treasures' comes, once again, from Smashed Vinyl's fabulous Jess Lynch. This week her rummage through the dusty attic that is music's past, has turned up some very pleasant finds. From the haunting vocals of Grouper to the psychedelic vibes from The Holydrug couple to Corners dark sense of humour.
Grouper – AKA: Liz Harris has been releasing music independently since 2005. Harris' work has an entirely natural and pure tone; so hauntingly beautiful that it'll leave you breathless each time you hear it. With just her voice, a loop-station, an acoustic guitar and a piano, Harris has been able to create 8 full length albums, still obtaining their own originality and quirks. There is darkness to Grouper, yet it appears so fragile and so elegant that you trust that darkness, allowing it to walk you into a dreamlike state.
Corners – Dark nights. Rumbling waves. Alien abduction. Californian post-punk and garage band Corners are on the right side of creepy -offering a generous amount of droning, mumbling and screeching. In tracks such as Love Letters and We're Changing, the ghostly vocals revel in a synth heaven, whilst The Spaceship offers a more fierce and stormy sound. Corners' sleekness and dark humour is also captured in their music videos such as Pressure, which you can check out below!
The Holydrug Couple – 'Dream Pop' and 'Psychedelic Rock' are just two phrases that have been used to describe this bands style, so we're off to a good start. Located in Chile, The Holydrug Couple consists of members Ives Sepúlveda and Manuel Parra. For a two-piece, this band sure do fit a lot in, with Sepúlveda on guitar, bass, keys and vocals and Parra on drums, the strong chemistry between them is echoed through their music. Melodic, rhythmic, enchanting and kaleidoscopic will be but a few words that come to mind when playing through their albums, Awe, Noctuary and Moonlust.