Picture yourself at a carnival on a beautiful spring day, wandering through, eating a cotten candy. You're surrounded by the sounds of the rides and the games, and people screaming in delight. Occasionally someone's phone rings, or you hear some birds chirping.
Now imagine that over top of it all, you start to hear some pristine synth melodies float over, layering thicker and thicker until it's entwined with the noises around you and you are absolutely swimming in the sound. Then, a guy some 30 yards away starts singing along, but sort of shouting so you can hear him. This is what Totally Nebular's debut LP, Boat Boat sounds like. It's trippy, it's joyous, it's exuberant, and despite what some might see as a lack of strong melody, absolutely beautiful to lose yourself in.
Totally Nebular are a 3-piece hailing from West Beach, Florida, and currently remain unsigned. They self-recorded and released their debut LP, Boat Boat last summer, and it's just beginning to catch on. It is definitely an album, listening to pieces of it is really just missing out on the full effect, and there is certainly no best song. The vocals could be a bit of a problem for some people, they're mostly shouted and a tad distorted, but what really comes through in them is the sheer enthusiasm and exuberance, and that is really what makes the band so great. If you enjoy synth-based sonic journeys, or running barefoot in the grass on sunny days, you're going to have to check it out.