Atlanta-based electro-pop trio Reptile Room will be releasing their latest record, “Jade,” on August 9 via Om Records. It finds the band digging into themes of fractured relationships, addictions and interior struggle, all the while draping these concerns in an elastic pop divination. But they aren’t merely concerned with wallowing in the darker natures of humanity – they’re also fascinated by the light and the hope which can spring from these craggy and distorted tendencies.
In recent years, the band’s music has been featured through outlets such as MTV, E! and Red Bull, where it’s helped to foster a growing fanbase interested in their vivid and inimitable brand of smeared pop euphoria.
The band first came together back in 2017 when Bill Zimmerman joined up with brother and sister Sean and Sami Michelsen to create a sound as iridescent as it was intimate. They released their self-titled debut EP the following year to online acclaim. Reptile Room is a truly collaborative endeavor with all members taking on multiple responsibilities within the band – including writing, recording, mixing, artwork, photo editing and video production.
With the release of the video for “Design,” the band is giving fans another glimpse into the inner workings of their combined creativity. Shot in extended slow motion, the clip exudes a dreamlike atmosphere, resulting in the creation of a place where experience and memory become more and more distorted as the seconds tick by. The music languidly whirls around your subconscious, forgoing ebullient electronics in favor of something more subdued, something more intangible and ephemeral – this is pop music that conjures ghosts rather than the ecstatic pulse of a dancefloor.
“Working on this song was a bit different than the others,” Sami reveals. “We made this one almost all at once, and it came together pretty effortlessly. I started with a vocal riff that we looped, and build a melody on top of that, we finished Design a few hours after we started. Design reminds me of a dream; it was so clear in our minds that we were able to pull it right out of that dream and put it into music, but ironically, it’s all about feeling stuck and unable to express your depths.”