Float the Boat Basement Tsunami
The first sound that will float through your ears when listening to avant-garde psychfunk band Float the Boat’s debut album is a buzzy, resonating didgeridoo—and the strangeness level only goes up from there. The 10 tracks are strikingly original, with a level of creativity that seems like it was bestowed upon the five band members by aliens while they were visiting the Spiral Jetty, which is where the cover photos were taken. The songs jump around in style, but what the album lacks in cohesion, it makes up for in its ability to keep the listener on their toes. “Bwomp” is an instrumental piece that proves synths and didgeridoo can indeed mesh, with a thumping beat sewing it all together. The wordplay on piano-driven jammer “Playground” is earworm-worthy. The weirdness peaks on “Ignoramus Bonanza,” a strange but catchy number with a surreal dream narration around the halfway point that adds an interesting layer to the album’s spacey feel. Oct. 12, self-released, Facebook.com/ FloatTheBoat.
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