Album Appreciation: “VALIS” by Reptaliens

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Released in spring of 2019, VALIS brings together elements of folk and psych rock to create a lighthearted, dreamy soundscape rife with bubbly effects and expressions of their Portland enthusiasm. 

It’s a gaseous album — that is, it can take up as much space in your environment as you’ll allow it. Played at a low volume, you (and friends?) will hear pleasant whisperings and harmonious synths, but appreciated fully, the band’s willingness to play off-kilter sounds brings never-ending enjoyment.

From their BandCamp: “Inspired by sci-fi art, cult mentality and deep connections, creating low fidelity chameleon dreamscapes somewhere between abstract expressionism and surrealism both sonically and visually. Reptaliens is a project of exploration in pop culture.”

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