REPTALIENS RELEASING FIRST SINGLE FOR CAPTURED TRACKS
"PREQUEL" B/W "OLIVE BOY" OUT TOMORROW, MARCH 31
VIDEO FOR "OLIVE BOY" PREMIERES ATUNDER THE RADAR
As previously announced, Portland, Oregon's dream pop purveyors Reptaliens have signed to Captured Tracks. Tomorrow, March 31, the band release their first single for the label "Prequel," b/w "Olive Boy." Today the video for "Olive Boy" premiered at Under The Radar who noted, "A lovely ennui flows naturally from Portland, Oregon's Reptaliens and their melancholic pop has the kiss of a quiet breeze." The band told the magazine that the video, directed by their drummer Tyler Vergian, is "about the life and making of a serial killer. It takes you through the Olive Boy's childhood, his adult life, and into a frenzy of his uncontrollable urge to kill. It was inspired by the beautiful olive groves of SoCal. After our last tour we came home and went straight into Julian's basement to write the song instead of celebrating our return. Doug Russel plays the olive boy and was cast as soon as the video concept was created. We all laughed about how he was the first and obvious choice for the part because he looks like a serial killer, but he's actually one of the sweetest and kindest humans we know- and he conveniently had a super creepy trap door on his back deck."
Watch the video for "Olive Boy" here and streaming links for both tracks below.
"'Prequel' is a beautifully off-kilter wisp of dream pop bliss, with fizzing melodies and Bambi Browning's gorgeously affecting vocals." Line Of The Best Fit
"An...innocence presents itself amid the lo-fi instrumentation and angelically comforting vocals from Bambi, allowing their songs to easily sway from flirty bedroom pop songs to surrealistic dream daze productions." Deli Magazine
Reptaliens is the husband and wife team of Bambi and Cole Browning. The couple met on a basketball court while filming a music video for a mutual friend's band that didn't exist. After dating for six months, the two married under a blanket of smoke from the season's forest fires.
Named in reverence for their interests in cult mentality, transhumanism, and conspiracy theories, Reptaliens quickly evolved from a bedroom-recording project to a full-fledged band that explores fringe pop culture through analog synthesizers, electric guitars, melodic bass lines, and Bambi's lulling vocals. Inspired by science fiction writers like Philip K. Dick and FM-2030 and music ranging from Paul McCartney and Wings to African artists Francis Bebey and Nahawa Doumbia, the band creates lo-fi chameleonic dreamscapes that fall sonically and visiually somewhere between abstract expressionism and surrealism.
As long time, active participants in the Portland music scene, Bambi and Cole call on a number of talented musicians for Reptaliens' recordings and live performances, including Julian Kowalski (guitar), Bryson Hansen (synth), and Tyler Vergian (drums). The band enraptures audiences with their sincere and theatrical performances.
Photo: Salina Ladha