When I picked this up over at Reykjavik’s Lucky Records a few weeks back, for some reason I thought it was by the Icelandic band Reptile. Well, I got the Icelandic part right, because the duo who comprise Reptilicus are indeed from there, but I was way off base with the whole Reptile thing. Not that it’s a big deal, because it turns out this 7″ from 2011 is pretty damn hot.
The clear blue record contains two versions of the same song, “Initial Conditions,” with the B side given over to a somewhat longer remix by Senking. Stylistically Reptilicus are putting the dark into darkwave. The music is slow and heavy, like something you’d expect to be playing while you walked through a ruined church on Halloween during a new moon – echo, percussion that is sometimes slow and sometimes sounds like a heartbeat, and the occasional vocalizations that will make you sure that the inside of your skull is haunted. The kind of thing that if you listened to it on headphones while stoned in the dark, it might actually give you a heart attack. The remix is a bit less eerily oppressive, but not by much.
“Initial Conditions” was a great accidental acquisition, and I can promise you I’ll be keeping my eyes open for some of the prior works by this duo. Most of it is on CD only, but that won’t deter me when the music is this good. This particular 7″ is limited to only 301 hand-numbered copies, and I didn’t see any listed for sale on Discogs or eBay, so you might want to pull the trigger if you should see a copy of it available. Happy hunting!