echo park: a reptaliens single review

 

by bess meade


courtesy of reptaliens

courtesy of reptaliens

released on october 16th, “echo park” is the first new music put out by reptaliens since their stellar 2017 debut album, fm-2030.

brooklyn’s captured tracks signed reptaliens in 2017, not long after the portland music scene vets and husband-wife duo cole and bambi browning started making bedroom-recorded songs as a side project. they have since put out an acclaimed album (fm-2030), toured the country, and added three other members, all of whom are also deeply entrenched in portland’s music scene: guitarist julian kowalski, drummer tyler vergian, and synth player bryson hanson.

reptaliens wears their weirdness with pride, which is the best kind of weirdness. cole and bambi have gushed about their love of fog machines, and point to cults, conspiracy theories, and science fiction among their influences. combining playful synth and guitar sequences, jazzy percussion, and bambi’s angelic, smooth vocals makes their surreal and often dark lyrics feel oddly comforting.

consistent with the laid back existential surf rock vibes from fm-2030, “echo park” is both dreamy and catchy. reptaliens have previously been described around portland as “nightmare pop,” and this newest single fits that description; it’s eccentric dance-party pop music at its absolute best. the video to go along with the song, filmed during one of their band practices, is a lo-fi psychedelic trip of primarily unedited footage.

catch reptaliens on their national tour in early november, with most shows in support of indie-dance darlings of montreal. it’s surely to be a dance party with plenty of fog machine action.

watch the video now.