With the arts and entertainment industry has been made to feel neglected and unimportant, many musicians have looked to what they do best to get some sense of relief and inspiration.
Despite nearly a whole year without any live entertainment, local musicians have been keeping themselves busy working on their passion projects, the result of which has been a catalogue of great, new music.
From pop to hard rock, here are the latest tracks released by musicians in Malta over the past month.
1. MTeam – Living In A New World
After three number one hits, MTeam is back once again with an anthem track titled Living In A New World.
Living In A New World presents the listener with a utopian world with its enchanting and empowering synths, vocoder, drums and bass.
The song draws inspiration from the current times where challenges and technology collide.
2. Feds – That Switch
Homegrown singer and songwriter Feds unpacks the confusing emotions that come with a past relationship in her latest track, That Switch.
The neo-soul-pop track features soothing vocals and honest lyrics and will form part of Feds’ upcoming EP.
3. Dizzy Goku ft. Siconix – Can’t Let Go
North African rapper Dizzy Goku has teamed up with local DJ and producer Siconix for this laid-back hip hop track, Can’t Let Go.
“This song is about the passing of time and the alluring comfort of familiarity. It can be detrimental to our soul. The song evolves as you listen to it again and again,” Dizzy Goku said about the track.
“Ironically, contrary to the name, it leads the listener to eventually Let Go of past relationships, old friendships and toxic habits,” he said.
4. Eyes To Argus – Habitual
Stalwart alternative act Eyes To Argus has released its first single off its upcoming album, “in habit”.
Habitual is an eight-minute post-rock track with a melancholic start that gradually builds into an energetic climax with the complement of drums and guitar seeing us out.
5. Hearts Beating In Time – Death Is Cancelled
Rebecca Theuma’s Hearts Beating In Time has released a new track, Death Is Cancelled, with layered synths, ethereal vocals and a contrasting music video featuring footage of local festas.
6. Tempju ft. 1905 – Fid-Dlam
After releasing a hip-hop-inspired instrumental last month, Tempju is back with a more electronic track, Fid-Dlam, featuring Maltese lyrics and 1905.
7. DJ Edd – Neon Tokyo
DJ Edd has made his debut on Patrick Toppin’s label with the release of his vibrant three-track EP called Neon Tokyo.
For Edd, the release of the EP on such a highly-acclaimed label opens new doors and opportunities for his music to reach the ears and hearts of house lovers across the globe.
8. ĠENN – Liminal
Drawing influence from a wide range of eras and genres, Brighton-based, half-Maltese troupe ĠENN have released their highly anticipated new EP, Liminal.
From the opening bass ostinato of its first track “Feel” to the hooky refrain of closer “Falling Out”, through rock’n’roll, psychedelia and funked-up, post-punk vibes, Liminal is a veritable journey.
9. Digital Black – World At Your Feet
Maltese rock group Digital Black has made its way onto the local music scene with the release of its latest track, World At Your Feet.
The industrial-inspired track was composed, arranged, recorded and mixed by Simon Deguara and features Deguara on guitars and keys, Alan Chetcuti on drums and Jody Fiteni on vocals.
10. Leonardo Barilaro – Eyeland
Pianist and aerospace engineer Leonardo Barilaro releases his new EP “Eyeland’”, a tribute to the island of Malta.
Eyeland is a blend of introspective contemporary space music with a neo-classical and synthwave nuance. This experimental project has also a combination of piano and synth.
11. Monika Jarosińska – What The World Needs Now
Singer Monika Jarosińska covered Jackie DeShannon’s hit song What The World Needs Now along with a 70s-inspired music video showcasing some of Malta’s most beautiful locations in Qawra and Mdina.
12. Daniel Sant – Intruder
Local musician Daniel Sant’s latest track is a somber, melancholic escape from reality.
Interluder also features a music video in which the musician himself walks the halls of an old, abandoned building while simultaneously having his strings pulled like a marionette.
13. Kersten Graham – KAOS
Local rock n’ roll axeman Kersten Graham has opened up about his frustration with the state of our realities in his latest track KAOS.
Graham’s life may be chaos but it has been perfectly compartmentalised into a three-minute rock track.
“Why can’t we, the most ‘intelligent’ species, communicate calmly, criticise constructively, never tell people what they must do but rather, understand and just give guidance based upon your instincts with an approach, that if such things are not met, accept it – and let it go? I’ve had enough of this shit,” Graham said about his intention for the track.
14. Lauren Aquilina – The Knife
After returning from a hiatus towards the end of last year, Maltese-English singer and songwriter Lauren Aquilina has released her first tack of 2021.
The Knife is “the song that introduces people to a brand new side of me,” Aquilina said.
After the release of the debut album “Isn’t It Strange?” in 2016, Aquilina stepped away from music due to mental health issues. The Knife marks a new chapter in the young musicians promising career.
15. Nicole Borg – Freedom
Local singer-songwriter Nicole Borg has released her debut single, Freedom, following several months of work together with a number of locally established and talented artists.
Freedom speaks about the courage it takes to find yourself after coming out of a tough situation and starting to build yourself up piece by piece without seeking anyone else’s validation.
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