Show notes for the 336th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:
Milk Mi – Party
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 Roscoe – How 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/noalps – Elizabeth, 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 Alden – Dancing 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 Vella – Il-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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