Tuesday, 16 December 2014

The Metaphorical Boat's Top Songs of 2014 - Number One

1. The Pains of Being Pure At Heart - Eurydice

Eurydice, I never stop losing you.

And we reach the end of the road, with "Eurydice" by perennial favourites of ours, The Pains of Being Pure At Heart. The songs takes its name from the ancient Greek myth, and demonstrates the band's continuing excellence at crafting the perfect pop song. Just when you thought they couldn't top "Heart In Your Heartbreak", they offer us a song as sumptuous and infectious as "Eurydice". Its shining moment is at the 3 minute 10 mark, when the counter-melody kicks, and you realise just how special this song really is. Never has perfection sounded so good.

So hit up the play button below, and enjoy The Metaphorical Boat's Top Song of 2014 - 

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.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

The Metaphorical Boat's Top Songs of 2014 - 10-6

We now plunge straight into the top 10, with some of the best songs of the year, from 10-6, plus a little bit about why exactly they float The Metaphorical Boat:

10. Eels - Parallels

I'm genuinely surprised that "Parallels" by Eels was never really pushed as a single/buzz track/stream enticer in 2014, as it's the best song that Mark Oliver Everett has committed to tape in yonks. The song is a tribute to his quantum mechanist father's Parallel Worlds Theory, with the song imagining that there is a timeline out there where he is still alive and happy. A song that is absolutely stunning in its simplicity.

9. In An Instant - Something Right and Something Real

After getting us incredibly excited with a batch of demos last year, Bangor boys In An Instant finally gave us their first set of official tracks this year, with the highlight being "Something Right & Something Real". The song sees the band meld rock with electronic production in such a way that hadn't been done so successfully by a local act since fellow Bangor boys Two Door Cinema Club.

8. The War on Drugs - Red Eyes

The 2nd track from The War on Drugs to make the countdown. "Red Eyes" is a driving rock tune that has one foot in the 80s and one in the here and now.

7. Go Swim - Call Sign

"Call Sign" by Go Swim can best be described as a manic version of "Inhaler" by Foals. Vocalists Steven and Julianne perform dual lead vocals, singing manic, alternating lyrics which both compliment and oppose each other at the same time, whilst the rhythm of the track changes from intense to danceable almost at the drop of a hat, without feeling jarring or out of place. It felt like a real breath of fresh air when it came out in February, and many months later it still retains that intensity and instantness.

6. Billy Lockett – Old Man

It takes a lot for a song to make your humble captain cry, but Billy Lockett managed to do that with "Old Man", a heartfelt tribute to his father, who died earlier this year. It is an absolutely gorgeous piano-pop song that had all the hallmarks of a monster radio hit about it, and although it did not become the ultimate smash that it deserved to be, it did touch a lot of people emotionally, myself included.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

The Metaphorical Boat's Top Songs of 2014 - 15-11

We're nearing the crunch time here folks, with songs that made 15 through 11 in our countdown. These selections feature a Snow Patrol side project, a sensual dance song that crossed over from the blogs straight into the top 40, the best sax-house hit of 2014, another of the finest talents to come out of Derry, and a song based around a lullaby.

15. Little Matador – Stitch Yourself Up

14. Indiana - Solo Dancing

13. Faul & Wad Ad vs. Pnau - Changes

12. Rainy Boy Sleep - Ambulance

11. Nick Mulvey - Cucurucu

Friday, 12 December 2014

The Metaphorical Boat's Top Songs of 2014 - 20-16

We're getting closer and closer to the top now, with songs that ranked 20 to 16 in our reckoning this year. These five include one of the biggest radio hits of 2014 (although technically we first heard and loved it in 2013, we decided that it should still feature in our list), Some sexy electronica, some more sexy electronica, one of Northern Ireland's best prospects for 2015 (who we've been bigging up since 2011), and the best thing to come out of Portsmouth since that song by Mike Oldfield -

20. George Ezra - Budapest

19. Glass Animals - Gooey

18. East India Youth - Dripping Down

17. Southern - Where The Wild Are

16. Kassassin Street – Centre Straight Atom