Show notes for the 353rd Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast featuring music by performers from or in Malta:
Re-né feat. Chess – Perfect Love
Francesca Galea, better known as Chess, has one of the more pleasant voices to emerge from the Maltese music scene in recent years. She is also a seeker, searching for her own way rather than being dragged down into the way things are done in Malta. It is delightful to hear her on this dance track by Re-né and a joy to have the opportunity to share her voice with my podcast listeners once again.
Jane Doe – GoldRush
Another of those beautiful voices that have emerged from Malta in recent years belongs to Margherita Bonello. I said as much when I first heard this band for the first time a couple of years ago, and again when they released a follow-up track to their debut. Now they’re on the verge of releasing their debut album. This is the single issued just ahead of the album along with a promotional video.
Bark Bark Disco – Something We Can Laugh About
The third EP from Bark Bark Disco contains four tracks. I don’t really have much to say about this all except that I really like the simplicity of these new songs. They grow on you quickly and the lyrics go a long way to draw your attention to this material’s interesting quirky qualities.
The Suburbanite – A Mermaid’s Tale
Robert Pisani returns with a second EP following last year’s A Field Guide to The Suburbanite. This one has a really good title – H2 Oh No! – but I think I like the songs on the first one considerably more than I like the ones on this new one. It’s mostly a matter of personal preference. In any case, I’m really pleased that one of the songs from the first EP has also had a video made for it. I played Monsters on a previous edition of MMI and it’s really well worth repeat listening, especially now that we can also enjoy it while watching this video by Barbara Stramska.
The Madhatters – My Remedy
A new band with a debut song closes this week’s podcast. It’s not a bad first outing and I’m fairly sure that this band will be moving away from the sound they’ve managed to capture at Lito’s Place for this premier release. I mean, this song is as good as it probably gets for them. I could be wrong, of course, and they could become great innovators – then again, that’s probably not what they set out to do anyway. Meanwhile, I should probably simply enjoy this song for what it is.
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