Maybe I’m a Leo


Show notes for the 344th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

PT etcAbsence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
Funk Initiative keyboardist and songwriter Paul Torpiano seems to have filled the gap left by that band’s singer heading off to be a Eurovision star (climbing to the Top 10 of the UK charts in the process) by starting this side project. The ukelele is a (perhaps not deliberate) nod to the obvious but all in all the song is very pleasant. Fabian Bonello’s saxophone adds depth to the recording, which Niki Gravino has produced in a very clean way, including yoghurt pots and wine crates for percussion.

AdieFeel
I had hoped that Adie would turn into a techno-country sensation by now. Instead she has worked hard to produce another well-crafted pop ditty, which she released on the 4th of July along with the promotional video you see here. I honestly hope she’s more adventurous next time. It’s probably because I’m really not a pop music fan, but I really think she has it in her to do even better than this on her next offering. Although some pop-oriented radio stations in Malta have not included this song on their playlists I”m sure this isn’t the last we’ve heard of her.

Carlo Gerada feat. Kristina CasolaniNever Let Go
Recently featured as a local warm-up act at the Isle of MTV concert at The Granaries in Floriana, Kristina Casolani is a standout pop performer in Malta. This collaboration with Carlo Gerada is many times better than the previous one I featured on the MMI podcast, even though that one was for a nobler cause.

Malcolm Pisani – Got Me Good
Most things come in threes, and so here’s another pop dance song on this week’s podcast. I prefer Malcolm Pisani’s voice on a different style of music. That’s obviously a personal preference and one I doubt everyone agrees with. Variety is the spice of life, they say. Some people (including me?) really need to take that into consideration more often.

TactTremolando
Franco Tartaglia’s act, better known as Tact, features Paul Torpiano on piano. I didn’t really plan to bookend this week’s podcast this way. This is a long instrumental track and exactly the sort of thing I’ve come to expect from Tartaglia. It’s a pleasant way to end this week’s podcast.

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