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Together You and I

Show notes for the 269th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

Monobrow Musical Produce struck me as an acoustic duo above the average acts in the Maltese islands from the very first time I heard them. It’s mostly Jorje Bosios’s voice, of course, but it’s also Lukas Grech’s musicial palette. Listen closely to the way the banjo features on this song. I’m also quite pleased to see that they’ve released the song on Viinyl. If you don’t feel like having a look at that and/or getting the free download, at least you can watch the song’s music video produced by Luke Azzopardi .

For Strings InnMorning Star
This fierce foursome return with not only a new song but also a music video produced by Nicky Morales. I find the video quite delightfully contemporary in a way that will surely age beautifully in years to come.  Take a close look at it and you’ll (hopefully) see what I mean.

Heartbeat‘Til I Feel
This Christian rock band will be releasing a CD album entitled Someway Someday on the 11th of September 2011 in Żejtun. As I happen to be in Malta on that day I hope I’m able to make my way to this old southern town to watch them play live at the launch. I find their songs to be among the more refreshing examples of the genre from the handful of Maltese bands dabbling in this vein.

Freddie PortelliLet the Sun Shine of Me
Malta’s veritable rock ‘n roll grandpa has released a new CD single featuring a song called April Marie, just like his new granddaughter. The song I’ve selected to include on my podcast this week is the other track on the CD. It seems him at the top of his game, but to maintain the momentum he’s best known for he may need to refresh his sound soon or else risk becoming overly predictable in his studio sound. That would be quite a shame, as I sincerely believe that Freddie Portelli still has more to give the Maltese music scene than that.

Particle BlueAmerican Beach
I’m really bummed to not be able to attend the reunion show from what is undoubtedly Malta’s best electro pop duo of all times. Claire Tonna and Antoine Vella were meant to play love together again at the Coach & Horses in Valley Road this weekend. Sadly, the venue’s owner, Leli Grech, passed away and therefore the gig has been postponed to the last weekend of the month.

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