Step through the Portal with Debs & Errol’s new song, ‘Wheatley’

(image: Bill Ivy / via Debs & Errol)

If you’ve read my previous review of Debs & Errol‘s latest EP, CTRL+ALT+DUETS, then you know how big a fan I am.

Well, I’m thrilled to share a brand new video they’ve just put out for their original song called Wheatley,” co-written with fellow geeker Manda Whitney and based on the immensely celebrated game Portal 2. 

You don’t need to have played either of the Portal  games to enjoy this song, for like everything Debs & Errol do, it is simply beautiful (in the geekiest way possible, of course) with easily recognizable themes of oppression, rescue, emancipation and trust.

It’s quite an accomplishment to make a listener both laugh out loud and get moist-eyed during the same song, and  this duo has done this to me now on more than one occasion.

Somehow, more than any other artist I’ve discovered of late, Debs & Errol manage to traverse a hypnagogic mid-region between hilarious absurdity and sublime pathos in their music, and Wheatley” is another definitive example of this.   I recommend listening to it at least a few times in a row as it’s one of those songs that grows on you the more you play it. I seriously played it like seven times straight before writing this post.


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The Pop Mythologist is the founder and editor of He has been a staff writer for the nationally distributed magazine KoreAm , the online journal of pop culture criticism Pop Matters and has written freelance for various other publications and websites.


  1. You are super awesome, Daniel! Wow. Thank you so much! I’m …. speechless, actually. ^_^

  2. Errol, I fucking love you, my geek brother-in-arms. You just keep fighting the good fight. I will support you as much and for as long as my ailing health will allow.

  3. *LAUGH* You are amazing! (Let’s keep the sacrificing to a minimum though! ^_^ )

  4. “Kali ma! Kali ma! Kali ma Shakti de!”

  5. Woah! Thanks so much for writing about the song! It was loads of fun to create, and I’m always happy to spread the Wheatley love around 😀

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