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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.

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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