TUNE Matt Maltese - Curl Up & Die
SHARES BRAND NEW TRACK ‘CURL UP & DIE’
SELF-PRODUCED SONG FIRST TASTE OF FORTHCOMING NEW MUSIC IN 2019
FROM SOUTH LONDONER
“one of the most exciting emerging British songwriters in years” - DIY
“a true prodigious talent” - NME
“love songs for the end of the world” - NPR
22 year-old South London artist Matt Maltese announced his first new music of 2019 ‘Curl Up & Die’ on 7476. The track is the first fruits of recording sessions for a second record and was entirely recorded, produced and mixed by Maltese in his bedroom studio in Elephant & Castle. Speaking about the new track, Maltese said, “It's about the disgusting, absurd force of love. When the feeling is so all consuming that you’d happily crouch over and be nothing but a chair for them to sit on.”
Returning from a solo tour of the USA in March 2019, Maltese found his world getting smaller, with a strong desire to hit the reset button. What followed was months of writing and recording at home in his bedroom, as well as a good deal of, as he puts it, “stewing in the past”. ‘Curl Up & Die’ is his first offering from those sessions: a gorgeous, reflective post-mortem on a relationship, it sees him ruminating on a time when “I worshipped the ground you walked on / I’d cut off my ear for you / I worshipped the towel you dried on / I’d kill all my friends for you.” The track loses none of Maltese’s eye for a razor-sharp lyric but also explores new soundscapes with a swelling wash of multi-tracked vocals complimented by starry pianos at the climax of the song.
‘Curl Up & Die’ sees Matt Maltese delving into production for the first time. As well as it being a skill he’s always wanted to develop, he concedes that it was also probably an unconscious decision that he made so he could keep recording in his bedroom cocoon for as long as possible. “My time spent with Alex Burey and Jonathan Rado in the past helped me feel like limitations could be a good thing,” Maltese says of the inspiration behind helming the production of all of his forthcoming music, leaning on “really simple things like trusting your gut when something sounds good but looks bad.”
Maltese’s critically acclaimed 2018 debut album 'Bad Contestant' was released in 2018 to rave reviews from DIY (“one of the most exciting emerging British songwriters in years”), CLASH (“Rarely has gloom sounded so glamorous…”), Q (“gratifyingly droll dispatches from the frontline of hopeless romanticism”), Dork (“a hyper aware parade of seemingly offhand, cutting wordplay matched to super smart instrumentation”) and NME (“a true prodigious talent”) amongst others. NPR crowned 'Bad Contestant' “love songs for the end of the world”, and Noisey labelled him a new Jarvis Cocker, “if he’d spent more time at The Windmill pub in Brixton and was in a better mood.” While Wonderland said “the songs twinkle with sincerity and hopefulness” just as Another Man lauded the record’s “to-the-bone depictions of young life.” Maltese rounded off the album in style, touring the record, culminating with a huge sold-out hometown show at Hackney EartH on 27 November.
Attention turns next to more sublime new music and a first run of live dates this year - all due to be announced very shortly.
Matt Maltese - Curl Up & Die - out now on 7476