Matt Maltese’s searching, chamber pop-leaning songs are steeped in the melodicism and whimsicality of ’60s psych-pop but also very much of their own time. Making his debut with the piano ballad “Even If It’s a Lie (Demo)” as a teenager in 2015, many of his lyrics are mired in feelings of the isolation and futility associated with the unfolding era. Referring to his own music as “Brexit pop,” his first album, 2018’s Bad Contestant, doubled as his major-label debut. Born in Reading, England to Canadian parents, Maltese claims to be as equally influenced by the American pop culture he consumed in his youth as by his homeland’s. He emerged with the self-recorded “Even If It’s a Lie” as an 18-year-old in 2015. It quickly led to a record deal with Café Bleu Recordings, which reissued the song the following year alongside the EP In a New Bed.
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Ages: All (u16s accompanied)