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Saturday, March 13, 2010

This Charming Life

These last couple of weeks I spent a substantial number of nights away from my cozy bed. It's great to sample various hotel chains and get a large city buzz from time to time but I certainly wouldn't enjoy living the rat race again full time. I enjoyed meeting people and going places in Malta, Glasgow and London, but now it's back to reality on the holodeck until the next adventure.

Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast 203 comes up right away among the things that help give my life some structure and what you could call a routine of some sort. This week's edition is packed with tracks that have accumulated in my inbox in recent weeks, starting off with the new song by Dolls for Idols. Dance the Dance is very catchy and comes with a cool music video too. This is undoubtedly one of Malta's foremost pop rock bands right now.

Areola Treat have released a couple of tracks from their upcoming second album, featuring their new bassist Steve Shaw, who replaced Matthew Cuschieri a few months ago. 100 Silhouettes is also getting some airplay in Malta right now and I'd expect the other track (Second Coming) to get similar treatment once the new album Pleasure Machines comes out.

During my recent visit to Malta I finally managed to meet that delightful pianist Clifford Borg. He's currently working on his third album, but gave me a copy of his second CD called Origin, as a token of his appreciation for my support for his music over the years. As sophisticated pop music goes, you'll be hard pressed to find anything finer than Clifford Borg emanating from Malta. Worth Waiting? is the tune I've selected from Origin.

There are some songs and singers that sound better removed from the environment within which they are originally presented. Franklin Calleja is one such singer and his song Give Me Time falls squarely in this category. This teenage singer-songwriter has demonstrated admirable promise as a pop artist and I'd hate to see him swallowed up by misguided delusions of grandeur as has happened to so many others before him. I guess only time can really tell. I hope to come back with more on this in the coming years.

One of the endearing qualities of the MMI podcast is that it includes quirky stuff that no radio station mindful of retaining its mindless masses dares to include on its playlist. This week we tick this box with a new recording by British ex-pat Ron Cheevers, who made Malta his new home several years ago. You may remember him on a previous edition in this series as part of Mekon Delta, here he gives us a new guitar soundspace to wrap our ears around in Don't You Hear Me Cryin'.

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