Tuesday 22 January 2019

LISTEN: Malihini - 'Delusional Boy'

Rome-based lo-fi pop duo Mahilini (Giampaolo Speziale and Federica Caiozzo) have shared their new track Delusional Boy, taken from their upcoming debut album Hopefully, Again. The record is due for release via Memphis Industries on 8th March - it's shaping up to be a brilliant day for new releases with records from Foals, Stella Donnelly, Indoor Pets and Ten Fé due then too! The record was written in Sicily and recorded at the remote Giant Wafer Studios in Wales, produced by Richard Formby (Wild Beasts, Ghostpoet) and subsequently mixed by Ewan Pearson.

The duo, who both contribute to the writing process, traverse the line between creating incredibly personal tracks about their own experiences as a couple, and delivering their fans with universally relatable lyrics. In this particular song I am very much a fan of the overriding guitar rhythm that weaves it's way through the track, proving almost as catchy as the chorus itself is. The blend of the pair's vocals is pretty beautiful too.

In press I received for the track, the story of the pair meeting read so much like a TV show or movie that I just have to share... they first met around 5am one morning back in 2015, when Speziale was driving back to Rome and picked up Caiozzo hitchhiking - "I took her home - she was having a hard time with her ex-boyfriend [...] I didn't see her again for two or three months, but then we met by chance at a concert. We sort of avoided each other at first... eventually we spoke and later we went back to her house. We've been together ever since." It took a while for the pair to work together artistically, initially deciding not to play or sing together at all, but on a trip through Europe, they decided "Why not? So we started writing ideas for songs and ended up playing shows together in small bars along the way."

Pre-order Hopefully, Again from Malihini here!

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