Monday, December 19, 2011

The Top 100 Songs of 2011 -- #63: "Blastoff" -- Reptar

Let's get it out of the way from the get-go: a band called Reptar? Hell yes.

Regardless of whether or not the Rugrats references will ever abound, the Georgia band is beginning to make a name for itself. The jaunty Oblangle Fizz, Y'all! (I don't get it either) was released in August, and the band opened for 2011 breakout band Foster the People during the year as well.

So far, "Blastoff" is the hallmark of Reptar's career as a band. It's a bouncy jam laden with spacy keys and bombastic percussion, with a helping of looped group vocals on the side. Frontman Graham Ulicny's passionate yelp rises above this cacophony, while guitars, synths and other instruments waft in and out seamlessly.

"Blastoff" is appropriately otherworldly, with its oft-used vocal samples and galactic instrumentation. It is a sound rooted not on the earth itself, but rather as celestial as this countdown may get. Plus, it's plain, dumb fun. There's a lot going on within the song, and all of it combines together to create a song that's easy to dance to and even easier to get stuck in one's head.

In short, "Blastoff" is the kind of song I want to hear in the next video I watch about the solar system. Make it happen, people.

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