Wednesday, 17 March 2021

Invaderband - I Won't Remember You

Derry-based group Invaderband first came to our attention a few years ago through their self-titled debut album and its infectious lead single "Not Alan Rickman", a short-sharp ode to the late thespian's greatest movie roles.

Four years later, and with album #2 on the horizon, the group have released their new single. Clocking in a less than 2 1/2 minutes, "I Won't Remember You" is sardonic ode to perpetual forgetfulness, and it's a great post-punky track which calls to mind the music of Franz Ferdinand or the Buzzcocks. It's an infectious, snappy little earworm of a track.

"I Won't Remember You" is out now, and is taken from their forthcoming album "Peter Gabriel". 

Sunday, 7 February 2021

Lauren Bird - Keep Trying

 

The Metaphorical Boat has been fans of Strabane singer/songwriter Lauren Bird for some time, enjoying her fantastic 2017 album "The Inbetween", and even having her on as a guest on the podcast around the time of its release.

Since then, she's been relatively quiet on the new music front, bar a one-off single release in 2018, but at the end of last year she released "Millennials", a song that saw Lauren taking her music in a new direction, most notably with the absence of the ukulele, the instrument that she's most associated with.

Her new single, "Keep Trying", is also ukulele-free, although it's not something that's too concerning, given how much this song struck a chord with me. It's a tender song about self-acceptance, about learning to love yourself for who you are, a song for "anyone who still struggles to look in the mirror." As someone who spent 29 years of his life looking in the mirror, hating the person he say in the reflection, it's the sort of song I wish I could have heard many years ago, and hopefully it's a song that can provide comfort and support to the people who need it.

Plus, the music video has cute dogs in it. And everyone sensible likes dogs. 

"Keep Trying" is available now.




Friday, 25 September 2020

Touma - Fading Out (Epilogue)

This is a blog post that has been nearly 10 years in the making. 

I first came across singer/songwriter Kacie Williams back in 2011 when I was living in the United States. I was on Spring Break in Nashville, Tennessee, and I went to a Battle of the Bands in the Mercy Lounge in the city - incidentally, it was at this Battle of the Bands where I saw Big Surr, the band that inspired me to start The Metaphorical Boat in the first place, so definitely an event that sticks in my mind. I got talking to Kacie at the gig (she was there to see Keegan DeWitt, who's gone on to score a smorgasbord of soundtracks since then), and after that made a note to check out her music going forward. 

She hadn't released as much music since then, but as of last year she has been releasing music under the name Touma, and has been building up a reputation on the local indie scene in Nashville. Her first single under this moniker, "Bodyguard", came out last year, and has now followed this up with "Fading Out (Epilogue)". It's a song that's very much of the epic pop variety and very much a widescreen heartbreak anthem. 

For those who haven't come across her work, it's a great introduction to the sound of Touma. Hopefully it won't be another 9 years before this blog writes about Kacie's music. 



Monday, 31 August 2020

Thrillhouse - 2045

A new addition to the burgeoning group of "bands who have named themselves after obscure references from The Simpsons", Brighton group Thrillhouse have been releasing quite a few well-received singles over the past year or so. The song however that caught our attention is "2045". A song that ruminates on the passage of time, the song mixes the songwriting style and vocals of Talking Heads or 80s era David Bowie with a production style that calls to mind acts like Yeasayer to create a great song that toes the fine line between eclectic and overwhelming. 

"2045" is available now in all the usual places, as well as some unusual places, one presumes.


Monday, 13 July 2020

Matthew Frederick - Laura Jones



Back in March when "the event" was starting to ramp up, I went out and bought a bucket load of albums from artists I was less familiar with on a whim in order to have enough new music to see me through the next few months. There were a few great artists and albums that I got my metaphorical teeth into during that time - Elma Orkestra, Porridge Radio & The Lost Brothers being some of the artists whose albums helped to keep me sane during this strange, strange time. 

But of all the albums, the one that I enjoyed the most was "Fragments", the debut solo album from Welsh singer-songwriter Matthew Frederick, who had been nominated for the Welsh Music Prize with his band Climbing Trees. "Fragments" is a great, pastoral album, a thing of beauty that gets better and deeper with every listen. 

The song that I enjoyed the most from the album was "Laura Jones", which stands out from the rest of the tracks with its pop-orientated sound compared to the more folksy sound of the rest of the album. It's a tale of a long-lost teenage love that will have you singing along to the chorus for days on end. To coincide with its release as a single, Matthew Frederick has offered anyone whose name is Laura Jones a free download of the single, so whilst it might not be worth getting married or changing your name by deed poll for (but only just), it is well worth getting if you happen to be blessed with said name. And if not, the album & song are well worth paying for regardless.

"Laura Jones" is taken from the album "Fragments", which is out now on various formats on Staylittle Music.