Monday 15 December 2014

The Metaphorical Boat's Top Songs of 2014 - 5-2

We've nearly reached the top of the heap now. Here's the songs that just fell short of this year's top billing, with the songs ranked from number 5 to number 2 -

5. King Creosote - For One Night Only

There has been many a song released to celebrate the joys of getting off work on Friday to enjoy the weekend, but there hasn't been a classier ode to free time released this year than “For One Night Only” by Kenny Anderson, aka King Creosote. Taken from the soundtrack for a documentary about Scottish life over the past hundred years, the song is a real symphonic delight.

4. Fat White Family - Touch the Leather

It's been nearly a year on from hearing this song for the first time, and yet I'm still no closer to finding out what exactly "Touch The Leather" actually means. Is it a euphemism for something so smutty that my innocent little mind cannot fully comprehend it? Or is it just a simple song about two serial DFS botherers? Either way, I'm too scared to Google it, so I guess I'll have to use my imagination. Still, Fat White Family have given us a real gem this year, a guttural, primal rock track that's sure been drowned in a mixture of gravel and whiskey before reaching us for consumption.

3. Wonder Villains – Golden Five

Well, what can I say about "Golden Five" by Wonder Villains that I already haven't? (Answer - not much, but that's not going to stop me from trying). Having been a live favourite for well over a year before it was released as a single, the studio version of the song took everything great about the song and amplified it to the nth degree. It's pure pop at its finest - if your mood has not improved by at least 1,000 percent after listening to this song, then either you've been listening to the wrong tune or are a gargoyle.

2. Alvvays - Next of Kin

Falling at the final hurdle by the slimmest of margins is "Next Of Kin" by Canadian indie-poppers Alvvays. There's many things about this track that made it so loved - that fantastic surf-rock opening riff, the brilliant vocals from Molly Rankin, and the fact that they took a genre (indie-pop) that's known for being somewhat twee, and giving us a song about an incredibly dark subject within it, in this case a riverside drowning. It's a finely crafted song that's practically perfect in every way.

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