Today Portland duo Reptaliens announce their forthcoming EP Wrestling out November 6 via Captured Tracks / Remote Control Records. Along with the announce, the duo share their first single, ‘Taking,’ with a lyric video overlaid on top of the eerie deep red Oregon skies during the wildfires, posing the question “are we existing?” Watch video here.
Reptaliens on ‘Taking’ – “‘Taking’ is about perception and existence. It’s a song that carries the listener through the balance between action and perspective inherent throughout the human experience. Deviating from our traditional ‘reptaliens sound’ we chose to create a collection of darker songs with which to play on this reoccurring theme. The video was shot while crossing the California/Oregon border a month ahead of the single release. The chaos that wildfires have brought to the west coast seemed to encompass the visual juxtaposition between the darkness and light that nature brings.”
Reptaliens’ Wrestling EP differs in two major ways from the groups previous releases: It is the first recording project engineered, produced, and mixed entirely by the songwriting duo of Bambi and Cole Browning. Also, it stylistically differs greatly from anything the band has released before, resulting in a darker and more emotive sound, opting for the heavy use of synths and drum machines in lieu of guitars and drum kits, and paying homage to the minimal wave sound of electronic post-punk.
The Wrestling EP, written and recorded throughout July 2020, was first conceived after Bambi and Cole borrowed the classic Roland SH-2 bass synth from Josh Hodges (STRFKR) during a time in which the three musicians were working on collaborative projects and tracking on each other’s respective projects. Initially, the songs were thought of as an independent exploration into different genres, or the potential beginnings of a side project, until Bambi, Cole, and Captured Tracks decided to release the four tracks under the Reptaliens moniker.
After the completion of Wrestling, Bambi and Cole moved to a self-sustaining, off-the-grid farm to continue work on the band’s third LP, and to further explore new musical genres with which to expand the high concept world of Reptaliens.
Reptaliens – Wrestling EP is out Friday 6 November via Captured Tracks / Remote Control.