Saturday, 16 February 2019

Ferals - The Low

Hailing from Belfast via the north coast, the finely-facial haired trio Ferals first made a name for themselves in 2018 off the back of their ode to the former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, and subsequently got picked up for the Oh Yeah Centre's "Scratch My Progress" for career development.

They've got 2019 off to a bang with their new single, "The Low", which is a great demonstration of their noise-y, post-rock sound. It calls to mind a more angular version of Biffy Clyro, with its heavily distorted guitar hooks and gang vocals.

"The Low" is out now.

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Dean Maywood - Jane

Hailing from Donegal, singer/songwriter Dean Maywood has been picking up a bit of support in the past year, supporting artists like The 4 of Us and Gareth Dunlop amongst many others. His latest single is "Jane", which should act as a solid introduction to his style of music. It's a song that could be best described as alt-country, taking inspiration from artists such as John Prine or Neil Young. It's quite a sparse sounding track, allowing Maywood's heart-on-the-sleeve style of songwriting to take centre stage.

"Jane" is taken from his debut E.P, which is due for release in May.

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

The Metaphorical Boat's Top Songs of 2018 - The List & Spotify Playlist

For anyone who wants the Top Songs of 2018 in easy-to-digest list format, you can find it below, in addition to a Spotify playlist with all the songs presented to descending order for your musical consumption -

1. Eels - Today Is The Day
2. Brand New Friend - Girl
3. Ciara O'Neill - Dreamer
4. Confidence Man - Don't You Know I'm in a Band
5. The Presets - 14U+14ME
6. George Ezra - Paradise
7. The Fratellis - Starcrossed Losers
8. Snow Patrol - Life On Earth
9. Suede - Life is Golden
10. Isaac Gracie - Last Words
11. Crossfaith - Wipeout
12. Kelsea Ballerini - I Hate Love Songs
13. EGOISM - Sorry
14. Manic Street Preachers - Hold Me Like a Heaven
15. Confidence Man - Out The Window
16. Blue October - I Hope You're Happy
17. Fjokra - Evening Lights
18. Spring King - Animal
19. Pizzagirl - gymnasium
20. New Atlas - Dizzi
21. Matt Edible & the Obtuse Angels - Nightclubbing
22. Jealous of the Birds - Plastic Skeletons
23. The Hector Collectors - Overton Window
24. George Ezra - Shotgun
25. Jorja Smith - Blue Lights
26. The Wombats - Cheetah Tongue
27. Franz Ferdinand - Feel The Love Go
28. Bad Wolves - Zombie
29. Boston Bun, DVNO - Spread Love (Paddington)
30. Ciaran Lavery - To Chicago
31. Astræa - You're Not Alone
32. Spray - Anthologised By Cherry Red
33. Nathan O'Regan - Moving Closer
34. ONR - American Gods
35. Gizmo Varillas - Losing You
36. Benin City - Final Form
37. Joshua Burnside - A Man of High Renown
38. Ten Tonnes - Lay It On Me
39. Toto - Hash Pipe
40. George Ezra - Pretty Shining People
41. Owen Denvir - Human Touch
42. Public Service Broadcasting - White Star Liner
43. Town of Saints - Up In Smoke
44. King Cedar - Hard Luck Anodyne
45. Seazoo - St Hilary Sings
46. Déjà Vega - Eyes of Steel
47. Straw Bear - Be Prepared
48. De Staat - KITTY KITTY
49. Son of The Hound - The Also Rans
50. Hugh Jackman - The Greatest Show

Monday, 31 December 2018

The Metaphorical Boat's Top Songs of 2018 - Number One

1. Eels - Today Is The Day

"Today is the day that you see me
As a man who will always change
Who knows the only things to count on
Are life is quick, and life is strange"

And The Metaphorical Boat's favourite song of 2018 goes to a song from one of our favourite all-time bands, joining previous year-end chart toppers like The Vaccines, Bears Den & Public Service Broadcasting. "Today Is The Day" is a song that falls on the 'hopeful' side of the Eels musical catalogue, and is a joyous, uplifting song that really perks you up at the time when you really need it. The music video's pretty great as well, it's a little ball of sunshine, in embedded form. 

Sunday, 30 December 2018

The Metaphorical Boat's Top Songs of 2018 - 5-2

We're tantalisingly close to finding out what The Metaphorical Boat's Top Song of 2018, but before we do, let us look at the songs that just missed out on the top spot - 

5. The Presets - 14U+14ME

Although the music of Australian duo The Presets helped to formulate my own musical tastes back in 2008 with songs like "Talk Like That" and "This Boy's In Love", in the intervening years I haven't listened to them that much. Until this year that is, when I heard their single "14U+14ME" (pronounced "one for you and one for me, confusingly enough), and fell back in love with them for a second time. It's an heavy electronic track that hooks you in from the moment the beat drops 62 seconds in, and doesn't let up the rest of the song.

4. Confidence Man - Don't You Know I'm in a Band 

The Australian group make a 2nd appearance in this year's countdown with "Don't You Know I'm In a Band". The song sees Sugar Bones take a rare step up to lead vocals, and is filled with the same playful vibes and cut & paste pop that the band have become known for, with lyrics skewing the stereotype of what life as a high-flying musician is like.

3. Ciara O'Neill - Dreamer 

The song "Dreamer" by Ciara O'Neill, which listeners to The Metaphorical Boat podcast will undoubtedly know, was inspired by a Sylvia Plath short story from the collection "Johnny Panic & The Bible of Dreams", which is about a woman who is consumed by her inability to share the vivid dreams of her husband.

It a a song that I've heard Ciara play live for a few years, although it wasn't until this year that we got a studio recording of it, and boy, it was worth the wait. The string-swept dark folk song got right under my skin, and stayed with me throughout the year. It's the only song released this that brought me to tears. And I don't have tear ducts.

2. Brand New Friend - Girl 

"Girl" by Brand New Friend is the kind of song that doesn't mess around, and doesn't have a bit of fat on it at all. In less than two minutes, we get two verses, two choruses, a guitar solo, and then both the verse and chorus simultaneously. It is an infectious slice of youthful pop-punk that never outstays its welcome.