Up next are songs from 45 to 41 in the countdown. This sections includes two top notch local singer/songwriters, Welsh indie-pop, Dutch/Finnish indie-rock, and a song about Belfast's top technological marvel, Titanic -
45. Seazoo - St Hilary Sings
44. King Cedar - Hard Luck Anodyne
43. Town of Saints - Up In Smoke
42. Public Service Broadcasting - White Star Liner
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 2018. 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 2018. The part of the countdown features some noise-rock from the North West of England, English folk, Dutch electro-rockers who aren't fans of orange, Omagh musican-cum podcaster extraordinaire, and Wolverine himself -
It's great to hear a stripped back song that's rather engrossing. "tidal wave" (all lower case), is the latest song from Chandler Juliet, a singer/songwriter based in Los Angeles. Built around a simple guitar part and a subtle yet effective production style, the song is a ode to finding your place in the world once adolescence has passed by. It calls to mind a more organic version of "All I Need" by Air, which is no bad thing indeed.
"tidal wave" is taken from Chandler Juliet's upcoming E.P "elements", which is out in January 2019.
Bring on The Night are a Manchester based electro-rock duo, who for the time being have chosen to keep their identities secret, hence the Commedia dell'Arte masks in the above promo picture, although they have been involved in quite a few musical projects before this.
"Hurts At Hello" is their debut single, and offers a great introduction to their music. It's ostensibly a rock song, although it weaves in a more hip-hop, electronic production in such a way that it doesn't feel like too much of a distraction.
Derry based singer/songwriter Conor Mason has been involved with several music projects over the past few years, including being involved with blog favourites PORTS & Our Krypton Son. He's also released a number of solo albums over the years, with his first new album under his own name since 2012 due out next month.
As well as featuring a new version of a track that we first wrote about back in 2011 (which unfortunately is no longer available on the interwebs), the album also features the rather nice single "We Watched The Sky Rotate". If you're familiar with PORTS, it's musically in a similar musical area, an atmospheric piano-led folk track with a wistful & tender central melody.
"We Watched The Sky Rotate" is taken from Conor Mason's 4th solo album, "On The Surface", which is out on 2nd November.