Show notes for the 344th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:
PT etc – Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
Funk Initiative keyboardist and songwriter Paul Torpiano seems to have filled the gap left by that band’s singer heading off to be a Eurovision star (climbing to the Top 10 of the UK charts in the process) by starting this side project. The ukelele is a (perhaps not deliberate) nod to the obvious but all in all the song is very pleasant. Fabian Bonello’s saxophone adds depth to the recording, which Niki Gravino has produced in a very clean way, including yoghurt pots and wine crates for percussion.
Adie – Feel
I had hoped that Adie would turn into a techno-country sensation by now. Instead she has worked hard to produce another well-crafted pop ditty, which she released on the 4th of July along with the promotional video you see here. I honestly hope she’s more adventurous next time. It’s probably because I’m really not a pop music fan, but I really think she has it in her to do even better than this on her next offering. Although some pop-oriented radio stations in Malta have not included this song on their playlists I”m sure this isn’t the last we’ve heard of her.
Carlo Gerada feat. Kristina Casolani – Never Let Go
Recently featured as a local warm-up act at the Isle of MTV concert at The Granaries in Floriana, Kristina Casolani is a standout pop performer in Malta. This collaboration with Carlo Gerada is many times better than the previous one I featured on the MMI podcast, even though that one was for a nobler cause.
Malcolm Pisani – Got Me Good
Most things come in threes, and so here’s another pop dance song on this week’s podcast. I prefer Malcolm Pisani’s voice on a different style of music. That’s obviously a personal preference and one I doubt everyone agrees with. Variety is the spice of life, they say. Some people (including me?) really need to take that into consideration more often.
Tact – Tremolando
Franco Tartaglia’s act, better known as Tact, features Paul Torpiano on piano. I didn’t really plan to bookend this week’s podcast this way. This is a long instrumental track and exactly the sort of thing I’ve come to expect from Tartaglia. It’s a pleasant way to end this week’s podcast.
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