Awesome Feeling 6: Purple Pilgrims ‘Side A’

The best psychedelia is immediately transfixing and transportative to other places, spaces; the “tape-recorder day dreams” of Purple Pilgrims — sisters Valentine and Clementine Nixon (ex-Christchurch, now based in Hong Kong — sure as hell fulfill that criteria. My very first encounter with their throbbing, opaque, cyclical figures and motifs, keening ethereal lyrical forms and electrifying guitar slash’n’slide had me motionless, head cocked, hallucinating a floating choir of angelic, beaming Alex Chiltons singing to me the saddest, most down-at-heel music the universe has ever known while the picture crumbled and decayed all around the edges.

Alongside their super-fuzzy outsider acid-folk dream-pop — which calls to mind Flying Saucer Attack, a rhythm-section-less Bardo Pond, a lower-fi Grouper, even compatriot Roy Montgomery, and which has garnered excited raves from writers all over the show — the Nixons also practice in the visual realm, producing drawing and collage work in their own ‘zines which is clearly of an analogous quality (see examples on their blog) and their debut release, a limited edition of 50 x 8″ lathe cut records featured multi-part cut out sleeves and a hand sewn 12 page zine. The release is still available as a download from PseudoArcana.

Kiran Dass noted that the duo were invited to play at the South By South West (SXSW) music conference in Austin, Texas, earlier this year. In the meantime set yourself down.. be enveloped in this swirling cloud of bilious psychedelic heartbreak; cry lysergic tears of longing and emptiness.

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From 2007, Real Groove magazine released four Awesome Feeling compilations, showcasing a diverse and exciting range of underground local talent. The Corner decided to pick up on that for the fifth volume and we’re back again for round six. We’ll be revealing one new artist/track every weekday throughout May, and posting the entire compilation for download at the end of the month.

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