Archive for April, 2013

The Conversation


Show notes for the 336th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

Milk MiParty
This week’s podcast is practically full of tracks I thought I had already included on an earlier edition but hadn’t. It’s an odd feeling. The first comes from a band that has returned after what seemed like a brief hiatus. I like how they sound (and look) but I really wish they did songs in Maltese. Perhaps it’s just a very personal thing. I just think they would stand out much more if they did that and they would certainly receive more attention than they’ve managed to attract. I think they deserve all the attention they can get.

Joe RoscoeHow I Feel About You
Joe Muscat was someone I had bookmarked on YouTube several months ago but never got around to including him on a previous edition of my podcast. This year he has resurfaced as Joe Roscoe and has made quite a splash with this new song. I doubt that this is the last time we’ll be hearing from him. I’m also quite sure that his next offering will be even better than this one.

nosnow/noalpsElizabeth, I
During my most recent visit to Malta I had the good fortune of catching nosnow/noalps performing live in the MediaCAST video production studio in Targa Gap. They had a new line-up, which sounded even cooler than the one captured on their previous recordings. They’ve now released this track from last year’s album Romantikpolitik to follow-on from the recent bout of touring that they did. This particular song reminds me of British band Prefab Sprout from the 1980s. That’s a compliment, actually.

Alex AldenDancing Alone
I think Alex Alden will always remember me as the guy who made her break a string on her dad’s lovely Ovation acoustic guitar just before she was about to play live on Michael Bugeja’s Rockna radio show. Luckily, Konrad Pule came to the rescue, with an even more impressive Gibson acoustic guitar. To clarify: we were talking about alternative tunings. Anyway, for some reason I was pretty sure I had played this song on a previous edition of the MMI podcast, but I clearly hadn’t. There’s not only a video for it but she has now also released it as part of an EP called The Curious Child. It sounds pretty impressive for a debut release, particularly coming from such an unassuming young artist, who was invited as one of the interval acts at the most recent Malta Eurovision Song Contest. I believe she performed live on that day too. Luckily for her, I wasn’t around…but Konrad was right there, of course.

Cedric VellaIl-Banana Tiegħi
We last heard Cedric Vella on the MMI podcast as the guitarist for the metal band For the Godless. This sort of thing was the last thing I ever expected from him. But as part of the debris that will survive from the 2013 General Elections I think this is a fitting memory. Naturally, the video makes it even more worthwhile than if we only got an audio release. Having said this, it’s actually quite evident that this is a video production, particularly since Cedric is a master video editor. What else can I say? Enjoy! Or at least rejoice that it’s all over. Or is it?

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Never Enough


Show notes for the 335th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:

The CrownsHome
Victorio Gauci provides the voice for this Maltese band that keeps getting better which every new release. I’m not particularly impressed by the music as much as I am by the way they present themselves, as you can hopefully see for yourself in the promotional video they’ve produced for this new song.

Planet SeedWant You To Know
Klinsmann Coleiro has certainly found a new identity through this band, but I’m also fairly sure that there’s more to this band than his attempt to reinvent himself after years of just being a pretty boy who tries annually to go to the Eurovision Song Contest for Malta. I’m looking forward to hearing more from this band, and I have a feeling they’re just as fun to watch live.

No Bling Show Marija s-Sabiħa
Well, they’ve done it again! In some ways, this is even better than Luċija u Samwel from the NBS debut album. Taken from their second album Ċar Kristall and featuring rising star Claude Agius Il-Lapes along with band founder Jon Mallia, this song samples a recording of this classic folk song recorded by Manuel Cilia in the 1930s, revived through Andrew Alamango’s Lost Voices project. I’ve only played a part of the full saga on my podcast, but just watch this video and listen to the album (available here as a free download) to get the full effect. As far as Maltese music goes, it really doesn’t get any better than this.

Soul ‘n SoleSame Old Song
Jez Zerafa has been active on the local music scene since the 1980s but he is virtually unknown outside certain spheres of the scene itself. He has recently been collaborating with singer Lara Dimech, and together they have recorded this song, with some collaboration on the lyrics from Rita Pace. I really like the sound of this song and Lara’s voice is quite striking. You can rest assured that their next song will also be featured on the MMI podcast.

Banda BrigantiIs-Sindromu tal-Kelb tal-But
I’m very pleased to see Sylvan Borg team up with lyricist Keith Muscat to produce songs in Maltese. This is one of the first two available from this grouping. The other will feature in the upcoming Għanja tal-Poplu Festival, sung by Justin Galea. I sincerely hope that Banda Briganti is set to develop more songs in this vein as I think that this will also make Sylvan Borg achieve the potential I saw in him years before anyone else (other than people who know him personally) cared to listen to his songs more than once.

The RSS feed for the Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast is available here or you can simply click here to subscribe directly with iTunes. You can also follow each new episode through the MMI Podcast: Facebook Fan Page or on MySpace. If you have no idea what any of this means, just enjoy listening to the podcast on the player right below this text.