Reptaliens are influenced by sci-fi literature and art - their second album Valis takes its name from a Philip K. Dick novel. Their music takes its cues from the spacey weirdness of Todd Rundgren, the experimental lounge jazz of Gary Wilson and the comforting sounds of Broadcast. After starting as a duo with no aspirations other than to please themselves, members were added and they became a band, hitting the road with STRFKR, Cults and Of Montreal. On Captured Tracks.
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Reptaliens sound like a Captured Tracks band to me. They have the watery guitars, the lilting melodies, the primitive early 80s sound going on but they go further into an easy listening/lounge direction than many of CT's other artists and Valis is a smooth ride through the back roads of charming wouldn't-hurt-a-flea pop.
They use the aforementioned sweet guitar tones alongside lashings of organ, cheerful bass to concoct a rinky dink sound over which the magnificently named Bambi Browning adds simple, clipped lyrics. Her voice reminds me of the one from Deerhoof in it's almost broken English style delivery. They'll probably do well with the Pitchfork lot. There's so much of this kind of easy listening, retro looking music about that you'd think today's listeners were too stressed out to listen to anything more challenging than Homeshake. Occasionally they go too far - Baby Come Home heads towards irritating with screechy guitar tones that hurt the ear but when they nail it as on the lovely Changing it's the perfect soundtrack to one of those summers days where you don't want to do anything other than throw a sweater round your shoulders. It's this that perhaps reminds me of a more laid back, more Tropicalia obsessed Stereolab.
There's some very pleasant music here. Be warned.
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