Tuesday, 12 December 2017

The Metaphorical Boat's Top Songs of 2017 - 35-31

Tracks 35-31 now. In this batch, we have a breakthrough hit, an infectious whistling hook, electro pop, a rave-inspired Northern Irish electronic duo, and a ruddy massive brass band -

35. Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still

34. Remington Super 60 - Robo learns to whistle

33. Apache Darling - Go 

32. Bicep - Glue

31. The Go! Team - Semicircle Song

Sunday, 10 December 2017

The Metaphorical Boat's Top Songs of 2017 - 40-36

We are up to the songs at numbers 40 to 36 next, featuring two stalwarts of American indie-rock, one stalwart of British indie-rock, now newer Indian indie-rock, and Anteros, who make good music as well - 

40. Anteros - Bonnie

39. Parekh & Singh - Panda

38. Spoon - Hot Thoughts 

37. Cold War Kids - Love Is Mystical

36. British Sea Power - Keep On Trying (Sechs Freunde)

Saturday, 9 December 2017

The Metaphorical Boat's Top Songs of 2017 - 45-41

We follow up the songs that were at #50 to 46, funnily enough, with the songs that at 45-41 on our list of top songs of 2017. In this part of the countdown we have a proper version of "Golden Slumbers" (if your cover version doesn't conclude with "Carry That Weight", then it doesn't count. Sorry Elbow), Paisley based art-rock, and a brace of some of the best local singer-songwriters that Northern Ireland has to offer -

45. Jennifer Hudson - Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight

44. Darren Doherty - Kites (feat. Lauren Bird)

43. The Vegan Leather - Shake It 

42. Aidan Logan - Turbulence 

 41. Owen Denvir - You Don't Want to Love Me

Friday, 8 December 2017

The Metaphorical Boat's Top Songs of 2017 - 50-46

Time for the annual listageddon here at The Metaphorical Boat. Over the next few days we will be counting down the blog's top 50 songs of 2017. There will be songs that have featured on the blog, songs that didn't feature on the blog, songs that have graced our lovely Spotify playlists over the last 12 months, and songs that really should have featured. But regardless, they are all awesome, and hopefully there will be a few songs here that will float your Metaphorical Boat.

Let us begin, as we normally do, with the songs at numbers 50 through 46 in our favourite songs of 2017. This batch features song local string-swept singer songwriters, a Fatboy Slim cover, some indie-pop, and in what will most likely come as a surprise to many of you, a multi-platinum ginger.

50. Ed Sheeran - Galway Girl

49. Ibibio Sound Machine - Give Me a Reason

48. Girl K - Neighbors 

47. Hannah Grace - Praise You 

46. Malojian - Ambulance Song

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Silences - L.A

It's been a wee while since we last wrote about Armagh 5-piece Silences, who have been responsible from great songs over the past few years (including one of our top 10 songs of 2015 with "The Sea"), so it's glad to hear the band back on top form with their latest single, "L.A".

The song marks a slight change of tone for the band. It keeps a lot of the atmospherics that the band have become known for over the past few years, but with its distorted bass and heavy sound, it see the band venture into a pronounced alt-rock sound, something in the mold of Broken Bells, or Foals.

In keeping with the darker nature of the song, the band have released a fantastic, disturbing music video for the song, which depicts a news anchor who seems to know more than he lets on about a story he's been reporting on.

"L.A" is out now.