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29 Settembre

Show notes for the 314th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

Planet SeedIt’s Gonna Be OK
This is the debut release from a relatively new band with a front man who is no stranger to the local music scene. The singer is Klinsmann Coleiro and by the sound of things he really has finally grown up into a relatively bona fide pop rock star for the local scene. This song is receiving, and will undoubtedly continue to receive, relatively heavy radio airplay in Malta. At this rate, 2013 may indeed turn into Klinsmann’s best year in a decade. At least now he has a solid band backing him, so much so that this really sounds like a band rather than another KC vehicle.

KOI feat. Indi LovelessAway
KOI is slowly but surely turning into a Finnish band. Wayne Camilleri remains the lead guitarist in the band, but Errol Sammut has been replaced with Indi Loveless and a host of other musicians from Finland. To my ears, the band has a new sound and I’m not sure why it’s still called KOI; then again, it’s as good a name as any for a rock band.

FootprintsSo Long
Following on from last year’s 777 album, one of Malta’s longest standing Christian rock bands returns with a new single, which was released tonight during this year’s Notte Bianca, with a show at the Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta. They will be appearing again at St. Lawrence Collegiate Church in Vittoriosa during Birgufest on 20 October 2012.

APOLOGY: I’m very sorry to have referred to this band as Footsteps rather than Footprints during this week’s podcast. It’s just one of those things that make me feel stupid sometimes. I should really know better!

AdieKiss and Tell Me Goodbye
Following on from last year’s Reaction, the video of which was picked by the MMI podcast listeners as the top video for 2011, Adie returns with this new single produced by Elton Zarb. The song is written by songwriters Gosta Hulden and Jan Lochel from Sweden and New Yorker Charles Mason. I think the country tinge fits Adie’s pop stylings well. Perhaps she’ll see that this is a good direction for her in the coming years and turns out to be the strongest female country pop artist to emanate from the Maltese Islands – a sort of more local radio friendly version of Marty Rivers, perhaps. There’s certainly a gap there in the local music scene.

JanvilMake My Day
Ian J. Vella is better known in Malta as J.Anvil, but he rebranded himself as Janvil earlier this year. So this is Janvil’s first ever non-Eurovision what’s it release. It’s a catchy song written by Melanie Georgiou, which he recorded at G.G Studios in London last July. I sincerely hope that he continues to entertain Maltese pop audiences as he is someone whose smile I have admired for many years, even if his musical choices aren’t necessarily always to my personal taste.

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