Thursday 12 December 2013

Assorted Tunes - Round-up #21

It's been nice being a bit nostalgic, looking at some of our most favourite songs of the year over the past two weeks, but it's also great to be able to keep the fantastic new tunes coming, especially in the run-up to Christmas. Here's a few assorted tunes that have been floating The Metaphorical Boat recently:

Clean Bandit ft Jess Glynne - Rather Be

2013 isn't even over yet, but Clean Bandit are staking their claim early for the biggest radio hit of 2014 with their new single "Rather Be". The song features guest vocals from Jess Glynne, and sees the band continue with their trademark mix of orchestral music and dance, albeit in a more commercially-minded manner than they have attempted before. "Mozart's House" was one of the oddest songs to make the top 40 in 2013, but if "Rather Be" does not spend many weeks in the top 10, then I will be very surprised indeed.

Our Krypton Son - Can't Make You Come Back

One of Derry's most poetic singer/songwriters, Chris McConaghy, aka Our Krypton Son, will be releasing a new mini-album "A Graveyard of Stars" in the new year. On the 16th December, he will be releasing its first track, "Can't Make You Come Back", a song that sees Chris wearing his heart very firmly on his sleeve.


Freak's - Old Piano

Strabane's Freak's made their E.P "...With An Apostrophe" available as a free download last month. Taken from it is "Old Piano", a quirky little lo-fi indie-rock song about how the ivory-infused instrument is left unused because guitars are awesome. At least that's what I think it's about.


Liam O'Donnell - Nothing That I'm Scared Of

Liam O'Donnell has taken some time away from fronting indie-rock group Various Cruelties (the band who deserved to have a monster hit with "Great Unknown") to record some music in LA under his own name. If the first song he's made available, "Nothing That I'm Scared Of", doesn't help to increase his profile, then I will be very disappointed. He's always had a great voice, but now he seems to have tailored it to a sound that is very much of the here and now. You could almost imagine Sam Smith or John Newman performing "Nothing That I'm Scared Of" at Radio One's Big Weekend.

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