On Friday 26th April, Reptaliens will release their second LP VALIS via Captured Tracks / Remote Control Records. Today, they share a self-directed video for the single ‘Shuggie II,’ a collage of vignettes portraying various human archetypes – as they might be perceived by someone not-of-this-Earth.
The Portland-based group cites sci-fi, empathy and introspection as inspirations for VALIS, a contemplative answer to 2017’s analytical, outward-looking LP FM-2030. Such a switch in perspective is fitting for a musical outfit whose original motive was creating music to be shared between and for the two founding members Cole and Bambi Browning (who also happen to be married).
A synopsis of ‘Shuggie II’ from the band’s Cole Browning:
“The video for ‘Shuggie II’ cycles through an alien’s understanding of various Earthly archetypes–each one portrayed by a different band member–culled from a collection of short stories. Together, the individual characters create a Village People-type vibe and it was fun to lean into that concept and see how everyone reacted to their assigned roles. Our dog, Hambone, kept running in front of the green screen and getting in the way of shots, so we decided the only option was to add him into the video. He’s chillin’ with the alien because dogs are aliens too.”