Archive for July, 2010

Near the End

Show notes for the 220th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers in or from Malta:

FireAlways There
Another single lifted from Thrill Me, the band’s second CD album. It seems that this one received some decent airplay in Malta in recent weeks. The classic rock sound of Fire is among those that blend in more easily with the sort of music on some of the radio playlists in Malta. It’s good to see that some of the better tracks on this CD are still getting played outside the bands live gigs. That’s probably always a good thing.

IndigoStill Here
Following up on her debut album Struck, Marvic Lewis returns with Indigo’s second CD album. This one is entitled Dark Psyche and the single released to coincide with the album launch indicates that while the songs may be a little darker on this new collection, fans are in for more of the elements they enjoyed so much on the first CD.

Frenzy MonoVicious Circle
There’s a clear sense of maturity in O.B.E. the new album from Frenzy Mono. They’ve now really found their groove and it’s hard retro rock with a twist. The track I’ve selected is possibly even inflected by their alter ego activities in Nomad Son along with bassist Albert Bell where the retro groove gives way to a heavy tome of doom, the likes of which have become very popular with metal fans around the globe over the last couple of decades.

Saving AlexisLipstick Lies
Hailing from Imqabba, this new young band has a delicious pop rock sound that can only get better in the coming years. There are glimpses of a group that wants to do more than simply emulate the plethora of guitar bands that littered the pop scene since the 1990s. They’ve made quite a splash in Malta with this debut release, so unless they lose their way, I’m pretty confident that Saving Alexis will be around with more and better things in the coming months and years.

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Sunshine Day

Show notes for the 219th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers in or from Malta:

Scream DaisyLast Goodbye
In preparation for the release of their third album Scream Daisy return with another track featuring a new guitarist. Tony Bartolo from the Retrophytes replaced Jeremy last year and the band are now on their way to return to the same level of public exposure they enjoyed with their previous album in 2007.

Kristina CasolaniHeartless
The queen of Maltese R&B releases her second single this year. Following up on last winter’s Get Out this new song shows her maturing beyond the abilities of many other Maltese wannabes. Surprisingly, this song sees her collaborating with Toby once again, but this is understandable when considering the fact that Kristina will also be releasing an album of all her songs so far (and some more) in the coming months.

Winter MoodsSun Won’t Shine
One of Malta’s longest standing bands will be staging a mega-concert at The Granaries on Wednesday 28 July 2010. Few other Maltese bands would even dare attempt to host a show of their own on The Granaries and to my knowledge this is indeed a first. They have also recently released their fifth album celebrating their 25 years on the local scene entitled Argento. The song I’ve picked is the opening track from this CD.

Explicit Daydreaming
Stephanie Chetcuti is one of the better Maltese rock singers. She makes her band sound a cut above most others on the local scene and shines beautifully when singing material that brings out the excellent quality of her voice. This new song may not grab you right away, but make sure you listen to it more than once, especially beyond the first minute or so. If you like what you hear, remember that you can also catch them live at the Farsons Beer Festival at Ta’ Qali on Tuesday 27 July 2010.

SkimmedNapoleon
During my recent visit to Malta I had the good fortune of attending the launch of a new video by Skimmed at Rookies in Bugibba. Their live act is captured splendidly in their recordings and this video takes their quirky punky pop songs to a whole new level verging on the surreal. I’m really looking forward to more material from this band because they have something quite unusual about them and I believe that as time passes they’ll find new ways to make that what they’re remembered for.

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One More Time

I’m in Malta right now working on a new major project to be launched after this summer. During the last couple of days, various conversations I’ve had with people who follow the weekly Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast have prompted me to repeat the release of one of my previous podcasts from the series every now and then. So, I’ve picked the first non-seasonal edition from 2010 to repeat this week.

Show notes for the 196th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers in or from Malta:

Cable 35 – Harry
The first music video released in the Maltese music scene for 2010. This is a song from the EP Hygene. This band’s youthful energy is infections and if they keep this up I believe that they will strengthen their fan-base considerably this year. While I imagine they have aspirations to reach new followers outside the Maltese Islands, I would love to see them somehow embrace their national identity. That would give them the edge of difference that can make them stand out from the plethora of other guitar-driven bands like them.

Tea – Guilded Cage
One of the few Malta-related releases from 2009 that almost passed me by comes all the way from Switzerland. Marc Storace’s old band have released a compilation album of their best loved songs. Guilded Cage, originally off the band’s third album Tax Exile from 1976, is possibly one of Marc’s most heart-felt belters with an autobiographic bent. The 13 tracks on Reloaded show that this Swiss band should have done even better then they did in their day. In my opinion, the reason they’re not better known is not because they weren’t any good (quite the contrary, of course!) but because they didn’t play up their difference in a rock scene where being different was greatly appreciated. Almost 35 years after they stopped recording and touring, this compilation will undoubtedly introduce them to new fans who will appreciate what was one of Europe’s better rock bands in the seventies.

Skambomambo – Banana Cake
Speaking of Maltese connections to European bands makes me want to play something by these Polish ska masters. Regular listeners of the MMI podcast will remember that Skambomambo’s singer is Mario Cordina, who was first featured in a special edition in the series in 2007. It would be wonderful to see them live, not only because they sound like a fun band to watch but also seeing Mario sing live would certainly be an opportunity I wouldn’t want to pass up.

Sylvan Borg – Soft as Stone
Sylvan recorded this new song to promote his first gig for the year; appearing ahead of Stalko and British singer Adema the MITP in February 2010. I happen to like his songs, possibly for the same reason that drives radio stations to stay away from them: they sound quite different from anything else on the airwaves these days.

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Gone Again

Show notes for the 218th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers in or from Malta:

V.S.O.P.Take Control
Vince Leguesse is the man behind Vinnie Skillz Original Production. Those who keep close tabs on the local music scene will undoubtedly know him as part of Sixth Simfoni. This experimental trip hop & electronic fusion is not a great departure for him, but it does showcase his musical skills without having to share the limelight with some crafty words, giving the tunes and beats a whole different shade and meaning. Vinnie is one of the most underrated musicians in Malta. My hope is that more people will take a closer listen to more tracks from V.S.O.P. and come to appreciate him more.

Nath InderMetropolis
It’s been a while since I last played something by Nathan Inder on my podcast. He made a comment about Stalko on my Facebook wall last week and that triggered my move towards playing this new track from him on this week’s MMI podcast. I really like the cool laid back electronic grooves that he produces. Whenever I listen to a short burst such as the one you can hear here, I gladly dive into one of his longer mixes, which he has now also released via SoundCloud.

Spriggan MistDragut’s Eye
Whenever I say the words Spriggan Mist at home, my wife starts singing Indigo Child by this band. They have now released a CD album called Caught in A Spell featuring that song and others they had uploaded to the MySpace page earlier, along with some new tracks that we had never heard before. Dragut’s Eye features the Marsa parish church bells, the legendary 17th century character from the failed Ottoman invasion of Malta, and a casual phone conversation between Baz Cilia and his mate Anglu Fenech. Spriggan Mist is essentially a British band, but these elements make it more than worthy of inclusion on the MMI podcast whenever possible.

Malcolm PisaniGone Again
When I introduced this song on this 218th MMI podcast I mistakenly said that I hadn’t played anything else by Malcolm Pisani on the series before. I actually played a song called Press Play in the 129th MMI podcast. This new song is nowhere near as good as that other one, so this is probably why I had forgotten the initial inclusion in the series. Then again, you can’t really expect me to remember every single track I’ve played since 2005 now do you? Still, Pisani can’t go unnoticed since he has managed to attract considerable mainstream media attention to the video, which is the second one he has independently produced in as many years.

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