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Reputante with Poliça

Monday • Southgate House Revival

By Reyan Ali · June 3rd, 2014 · Sound Advice

A little mystery never hurt anyone. In Reputante’s case, the members of the young Brooklyn-based Electro Rock group seem to actively refrain from releasing too many details about themselves. Take these two sentences, which comes from the quartet’s confounding, five-sentence-long Facebook bio titled “The Story of Reputante”: “Reputante is a tragic love story with an unreliable narrator. James Levy doesn’t know who he loves and who he hates.” Little else is illuminated in the other three lines.

What we do know is that the outfit is led by Levy, who is better known for being part of Folk outfit James Levy and the Blood Red Rose. Reputante, which features members of Zoë Kravitz’s band Lolawolf, shares its name with a track from Blood Red Rose, a 2008 solo album by Levy.

(In an interview, Levy noted that Reputante is a handle he has been planning to use for a while yet still never explained what it actually means.) 

Oceanside, Reputante’s debut EP, landed last November via Julian Casablancas’ label Cult Records. The work takes a relatively minimal tack, with bittersweet guitars, throbbing synths and approachable melodies gliding in and out, all while Levy sings with the gravitas and care of a more upbeat Ian Curtis. (He gets pretty Lou Reed-y on “Neighbor,” too.) 

Reputante’s videos champion a similarly inclined slice-of-life simplicity. In the clip for “Safe n’ Sound,” which itself reportedly appropriates a clip from the 2011 movie Take This Waltz, actress Michelle Williams goes round and round on some kind of carousel as the delicate tune plays. And in the clip for “Deep Set Eyes,” the group plays a dice game and casually meanders around a city block. 

Indie Rock fans on the prowl for good chill-out music, listen up.

REPUTANTE plays Southgate House Revival on Monday, June 9 at 8 p.m. Tickets/more info here.


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