Christmas is around the corner but before you switch over your to your Christmas playlist (which, let’s be honest, is just going to be Michael Buble on repeat), you need to check out these latest tracks by Maltese artists released over the past few weeks.
From pop to Maltese rock, there’s a whole lot of new tunes in here to digest, and with a stormy Sunday ahead of us, there’s no better way to spend your day than discovering all the local talent the music scene has to offer.
1. Ryan Caruana – Blue Eyes
Low-key local pop sensation Ryan Caruana has just released his latest track ‘Blue Eyes’ which deserves much more attention then it’s currently getting.
More than just another pop track, Blue Eyes is Ryan’s way of expressing his love for his significant other, which in this case is a guy. Unapologetically letting the world know that ‘Blue Eyes’ is the guy he wants, Ryan embraces who he is and confidentially expresses it in his latest hit track.
2. Sam Christie – Anyone Else Isn’t You
Sam Christie went all out in his latest track, not only musically but in the quality and production of the music video. Christie teamed up with dance group Concept Of Movement for a single shot music video featuring five talent dancers swaying and swinging to the rhythms of Sam’s music.
With Mdina in the backdrop, the music video couldn’t be more breathtaking and in tune with the vibe of the song.
3. The Violent Violets – Jade
Post-rock trio group The Violent Violets have released the first single off their upcoming album ‘Jade’. The title track is 8-minutes of synth accompanied by some sharp guitar melodies and vocal harmonisation by Fah Roug and YEWS.
An eerie start to an album no doubt, ‘Jade’ sets the tone from what we can expect from The Violent Violets after a five-year hiatus. The music video, a collage of random movie clips, builds on the ambiguous and unsettling nature of the song, leaving it open to interpretation and creating a sense of anticipation for what is to come.
4. Airport Impressions – Standing There
Airport Impressions have released a music video to accompany their latest track ‘Standing There’. The music video looks like it was shot in a barn and features a horse – which is what we’d expect from the laid-back, feel-good, country-inspired single.
Check it out below.
5. Red Electrick – Dive In
Following the launch of their latest album ‘Tragic Optimistic’, Red Electrick have released a new music video for one of their hit singles of the album, ‘Dive In’.
Directed by the same genius mind behind Gaia’s Why Should I, creative director of the Lovin Music awards Steven Levi Vella, the record launches into action with a track all about questioning the hazy choices of a heavy night.
Featuring a mysterious sniper, presumed seductress and the funeral of one the band members, the video is yet another masterpiece of Malta’s music scene.
6. Siconix – Kulħadd Meqrud
Siconix’s latest track is a total banger feeding off national sentiment and using a classic Maltese clip. The ‘MaltaSajf 86’ clip featuring the legendary ‘tal-ostja man’ has been remixed into a bass house mix accompanied by a collage of Maltese clips that depict that state of things today.
With everything being fucked up as it is, we might as well embrace it and chuck on this killer track and party all night long.
“Allostja man, kulħadd hekk meqrud”
7. SterjoTipi – Mostri
Maltese-singing band SterjoTipi have just released the title track of their debut and upcoming E.P. entitled ‘Mostri’.
Mostri touches upon the sensitive subject of high-rise buildings in Malta and the greed and ego that fuels them. The song leans on the heavier side of SterjoTipi’s catalogue but is a fitting change of pace for such a topic.
“The exaggerated metaphor that these ‘monsters’ (referring to the high buildings) are blocking the sun (“jaħbulna x-xemx”) is purposely stated in the song, to incite legislators to properly change or amend present policies targetting this issue,” the band said in a press release.
8. Amber – That’s Life
Amber has released her latest track under WickandLoud detailing a break up that didn’t end so well but hey, that’s life.
A deep subject no doubt, the music is accompanied by a starkly light-hearted music video depicting a couple’s time together leading up to a breakup, all in caricature/bitmoji form.