Wednesday, 26 August 2015
It's very rare on The Metaphorical Boat for us to cover a song that we've featured fairly recently in the past, but in this case, we're more than happy to make an exception.
Back in December last year, we came across Strabane singer-songwriter and ukulele enthusiast Lauren Bird after she performed two songs in a competition a friend of the blog was taking part in. She completely won us over both with her beautiful take on "No Surprises" and the self-penned "Goodbye, Good Luck".
And in the intervening period, she's gone on to win over even more people. In February, she was crowned the winner of Chordblossom's Kickstart competition (the same competition that boosted the career of Soak in her formative days), and in the past few months she's played several festivals, as well as being asked to support Hannah In The Wars on their Irish dates. She's also managed to find the time to compose the soundtrack for a feature-length film due for release next year.
And to cap off a great year so far, she's just released a new single, which is a updated version of the song that made us fall in love with her in the first place. A tale of learning to love being on your own, "Goodbye, Good Luck" has been given a slightly poppier upgrade from the earlier version, with added hand claps and other additional studio bobbinses, although the ukulele still remains at the heart of the track.
It's lovely to hear a fresh version of the song that made Lauren Bird grab our attention. Hopefully now it will now grab the attention of even more people.
"Goodbye, Good Luck" is available to download now. Lauren Bird will launch the single at The Bat With No Name on Friday 28th August. Support comes from Ciara O'Neill and Isobel Anderson.
Tuesday, 25 August 2015
Now here's an act we haven't featured for quite a while. Limavady lad Ruairí Connolly, who records under the name Ruairí and The Owls caught our attention back in 2012 and 2013 with a brace of rather decent folk-pop tunes. An album, "Midnight Oil", slipped out last year, which was largely in the same musical mould as what had come before.
Which brings us to their latest song, Lying Eyes", which has torn up the rulebook of what you would come to expect from a song from Ruairí et al. Featuring guest vocals from hotly-tipped Derry singer Jessica Doherty, it escews the folk sounds that the act have been known for sleek, yet dark and paranoid electronic-pop. It's an unexpected change of pace, but it works fantastically.
"Lying Eyes" is available to download now.
Monday, 24 August 2015
When you name your band after an jazz bar owned by celebrated Japanese author Haruki Murakami (who we understand is very good at the whole writing thing, although in truth we've so far only been able to get about 10 pages into Norwegian Wood), you know that you're dealing with a act with a much more intellectual bent than average.
Enter Peter Cat, a London based 4-piece who are self-proclaimed purveyors of "heartsleeve pop". Their latest track is "Keeping Up With Jacob", a wonderfully jaunty yet intellectually deep track, which like The Divine Comedy and Pulp before them treads the line between indie-rock and crooning to great effect, whilst also calling to mind more recent acts like Eugene McGuinness. The band have also released a video to accompany the album, which just has just the right mix of brilliance and weirdness.
"Keeping Up With Jacob" is available as a complimentary download from the band's website.
Friday, 21 August 2015
It's time to break new ground here on The Metaphorical Boat, as for the first time since we started, we're writing about a band that hails from Brazil. Specifically, we're talking about Peixefante (whose name is a combination of the Portuguese for "fish" and "elephant", apparently), a five-piece hailing from the city of Goiânia.
Having formed at the start of the year, they released their debut E.P recently, of which the song "Por Baixo da Blusa" (which I believe translates into English as "Under Her Blouse"). But if you're expecting a typical Brazilian sound on this sound, then you're going to be disappointed. However, that disappointment will subside once the song takes you under its spell. It's a chilled-out, psychedelic rock song that calls to mind Mercury Rev very strongly - if it was in English, you could fit it right in the middle of "Deserters Songs" and no-one would batter an eyelid.
"Por Baixo da Blusa" is taken from the E.P "Lorde Pascal", which is out now.
Wednesday, 19 August 2015
Reading based trio The Parades first came to our attention recently when their latest single "Breathe" received airplay on the wonderful New Voices show on BBC Radio Ulster on Tuesday evening. Despite already seeming to have picked up a decent following already, there doesn't seem to be an awful lot of information about them floating around the interwebs.
Of the tidbits that we can find about them, the most intriguing is that they share a booking agent with several acts who have been associated with both The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent, and supported an ex-BGT act, Loveable Rogues, on their tour last year. We don't know whether this means that a Mr Cowell has a hand in this band, but if this currently unsigned band does end up inking a deal with Syco in the future, there may be a reason for that.
All this however shouldn't detract from their music, and if "Breathe" is anything to go by, they've got some great tunes in them. The alternate-rock song calls to mind the intense energy that has hallmarked some of Foals' most recent hits.