Tuesday, 13 March 2018

New Atlas - Dizzi

Oh, we do love a finely formed, unashamedly pop song. New Atlas is the brainchild of Owen McKenna, who is previously from Northern Ireland but is now based in Liverpool. Since the launch of this project in late 2016, he's picked up lots of love from Radio 1 and the music supervisors at Made in Chelsea, as well as seeing one of his recent singles, "Morphine", receiving north of 100k streams on Spotify.

It is his latest single, "Dizzi", where we now join the band, and as far as an introduction to their sound goes, you can't really can't do any better. The song is a dizzy, sugar rush of a song, combining tropical pop with a synth-rock edge, it is a tune that should go down well with fans of Grouplove & The 1975, and is a song that we very much expect to be soundtracking an advert for an iPhone or another hip fruit-based device by the end of 2018.

"Dizzi" is out now.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

The Metaphorical Boat Spotify Playlist - January/February 2018

For those of you who like your musical recommendations in playlist-able Spotify form, on a bimonthly basis The Metaphorical Boat posts a selection of songs that we have been enjoying over the prior eight weeks or so, containing songs that we've written about, new songs that we haven't written about but are enjoying nonetheless, and a few older but fantastic tracks that are currently floating our Metaphorical Boat.

Below you can find our playlist of songs that we really enjoyed in January & February 2018. If you like what you hear, or just want another playlist to add to your growing list of playlists, then we really hope that you'll take the time to visit the playlist on Spotify and give it a follow. You never know, your new favourite song of all time could be somewhere on this playlist!

This month's playlist feature songs from established artists like Eels, First Aid Kit, Jack White, Ride & Ash , songs from newer acts such as Confidence Man, Superorganism, Ten Tonnes, Gizmo Varillas & Patawawa, plus local acts like The Woof Burning Savages, King Cedar, Ciaran Lavery, Bui & Beauty Sleep. Lots of great music from lots of great people for your ear-based amusement.

And because you need more than one playlist in your life, The Metaphorical Boat also has a rotating playlist of songs, which we will update on a regular basis. Lists are fun!

As soon as we come across a new song that we like, it will automatically go to the top of this playlist, and we will remove a song from the playlist as soon as it has been on it for 2 months, so if you give it a follow, you will always have a fine conveyor belt of fantastic music courtesy of us at The Metaphorical Boat. You can find the playlist as it stands as of now below -

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Freak's - Red Or Green

A song that we had been eagerly awaiting for over three years finally made an appearance just before Christmas, although due to being in the middle of December listicals we haven't got around to posting about it until now. Although it's very much worth the wait.

It was way back in 2014 that Strabane based band Freak's first popped on to our radar with their pop-culture influenced indie-pop stylings, with tracks like "Number One" & "A Minute More" tickling our fancy. We had high hopes of them doing well for themselves, however since then they've been quite quiet, very rarely playing live, bar Christmas hometown gigs, and with no new recorded music since.

This was a shame, as one of the songs they played live & on radio sessions "Red Or Green", was one that we really thought deserved a bigger audience, and is one that many of us in Ireland can relate to. Thankfully, just before Christmas, the band finally posted the finished studio version of the song online for us all to enjoy.

"Red Or Green" is a song about youthful memories and the passage of time. The main hook of the song is built around whether between which 5p Tayto Crisps was preferable, either the red bacon flavoured ones, or the green pickled onion ones.*

Unfortunately, Tayto haven't sold Fives for over ten years, as the rolling tides of inflation meaning that it wasn't financially viable to continue selling them. Perhaps if "Red or Green" becomes popular enough, it will act as the catalyst for Tayto bringing back the crisps? At the very least, we hope Tayto will throw those Freak's fellows a few boxes of crisps for the free publicity they've given them over the past few years.

"Red Or Green" is available now as a free download.

*There were also yellow ones, which were cheese flavoured, although these were much harder to come by. Despite what the band have said about these ones publicly, I actually quite liked the yellow ones. Sorry guys!

Sunday, 31 December 2017

The Metaphorical Boat's Top Songs of 2017 - The List (+Spotify Playlist)

For the benefit of those who like cold, hard data, here is The Metaphorical Boat's top songs of 2017 in easy to digest list form -

1. CHAMPS - The Garden Is Overgrown
2. Confidence Man - Bubblegum
3. Drones Club - Hurricane
4. Tom Williams - Everyone Needs a Home
5. Dan Auerbach - Shine on Me
6. Ten Fé - Twist Your Arm
7. Lauren Bird - That's The Truth
8. The War On Drugs - Holding On
9. Childish Gambino - Redbone
10. Confidence Man - Better Sit Down Boy
11. Sam Fender - Play God
12. Fjokra - Sick Kids
13. Dagny - Wearing Nothing
14. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Anymore
15. Liam Gallagher - Wall Of Glass
16. Japandroids - No Known Drink Or Drug
17. Catholic Action - Propaganda
18. Childcare - Kiss?
19. Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains - Grand Dérèglement
20. Imagine Dragons - Believer
21. Richard Thorncroft - You Can't Handcuff the Wind
22. SAINTE - With or Without Me
23. Glass Wings - Jana From Barcelona
24. The Shimmer Band - Jacknife And The Death Call
25. Beck - Dear Life
26. The War On Drugs - Strangest Thing
27. Paths - Last One Standing
28. Ten Tonnes - Silver Heat
29. Howl - Lost
30. Public Service Broadcasting - You + Me
31. The Go! Team - Semicircle Song
32. Bicep - Glue
33. Apache Darling - Go
34. Remington Super 60 - Robo learns to whistle
35. Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still
36. British Sea Power - Keep On Trying (Sechs Freunde)
37. Cold War Kids - Love Is Mystical
38. Spoon - Hot Thoughts
39. Parekh & Singh - Panda
40. Anteros - Bonnie
41. Owen Denvir - You Don't Want to Love Me
42. Aidan Logan - Turbulence
43. The Vegan Leather - Shake It
44. Darren Doherty - Kites (feat. Lauren Bird)
45. Jennifer Hudson - Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight
46. Malojian - Ambulance Song
47. Hannah Grace - Praise You
48. Girl K - Neighbors
49. Ibibio Sound Machine - Give Me a Reason
50. Ed Sheeran - Galway Girl

And for those of you who do that whole Spotify thing, here is a playlist of all 50 songs in order of awesomeness -

Monday, 25 December 2017

The Metaphorical Boat's Top Songs of 2017 - Number One

1. Champs - The Garden Is Overgrown

And so Isle of Wight duo Champs join The Vaccines, The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, Public Service Broadcasting, The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, Ten Fé & Bears Den in claiming the crown of The Metaphorical Boat's song of the year, with "The Garden Is Overgrown".

"The Garden Is Overgrown" is a song about the passage of time & the ebb and flow of priorities, which is delivered over a psych-synth-pop backing, with an irresistible chorus.

So congratulations to Champs, and click the 'play' button below to enjoy our favourite song of 2017 -