Portland, Oregon’s dream pop purveyors Reptaliens have signed to Brooklyn based label Captured Tracks. To mark the occasion, the band release their first music for the label in the form of a 7″ single via Captured Tracks / Remote Control Records: A-side, ‘Prequel,’ and B-side, ‘Olive Boy.’
The video for ‘Olive Boy‘ premiered at Under The Radar who note, “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.”
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 synthesisers, 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 visually 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.