Reptaliens Take Us To An Alien-esque Solar Eclipse In “Ubik”

Sci-fi psychedelia

Photo: Blake Metcalf

Los Angeles duo Reptaliens translates alien transmissions from outerspace to soothing melody in “Ubik” where you get sucked into an eccentric psychedelic paradigm that feels familiar and foreign at the same time. The pace and tone of the song exudes warm familiar vibes, but the rhythmic pulse and quiet intensity leaves you in suspension. The video amplifies this peculiar eeriness by showing us a bunch of people in weird suits watching the solar eclipse…at some point, they get preggers. It’s fucking amazeballz:

“We were shopping for outfits for our actress to wear during the live show and we found a huge box of hazmat suits. We couldn’t pass them up so we bought them all. Later the idea formed to film a video for ‘Ubik’ during the upcoming total solar eclipse…It seemed fitting that this video be filmed during such an eerie and un-real solar event so we tried to capture some of the mood through superimposed footage in black and white, and of course some fog.” shared the duo.

The track is from their debut record FM-2030, which came out back in October 6th, 2017. Comprised of husband and wife duo Cole and Bambi Browning, the two met while filming a music video for a mutual friend. As you may have guessed it, they are sci-fi and conspiracy junkies who have a knack for songsculpting alien-esque sounds. They are currently on tour supporting STRFKR, so make sure to check them out:

1/30 – El Rey Theatre (Albuquerque, NM, USA)

1/31 – Tricky Falls (El Paso, TX, USA)

2/1 – The Van Buren (Phoenix, AZ, USA)

2/2 – The Observatory North Park (San Diego, CA, USA)

2/3-4 – Teragram Ballroom (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

2/13 – Turner Hall Ballroom (Milwaukee, WI, USA)

2/14 – Concord Music Hall (Chicago, IL, USA)

2/15 – Headliners Music Hall (Louisville, KY, USA)

2/16 – The Orange Peel (Asheville, NC, USA)

2/17 – 9:30 Club (Washington, DC, USA)

2/18 – The National (Richmond, VA, USA)

2/20 – Ram’s Head Live (Baltimore, MD, USA)

2/21 – Union Transfer (Philadelphia, PA, USA)

2/22 – Brooklyn Steel (Brooklyn, NY, USA)

2/23 – College Street Music Hall (New Haven, CT, USA)

2/24 – The Sinclair (Cambridge, MA, USA)

2/25 – Port City Music Hall (Portland, ME, USA)

2/26 – Palace Theater (Syracuse, NY, USA)

2/27 – Mr. Smalls Theatre (Millville, PA, USA)

2/28 – Newport Music Hall (Columbus OH, USA)